Central Marin Sanitation Agency

CMSA has received the NACWA Award for Peak Performance for twelve consecutive years from 2005 to 2017.


Over the years, CMSA has earned recognition in numerous national, state and regional categories, and has received awards for all aspects of its operations -- shown below in the following five categories:

Wastewater Treatment and Regulatory Compliance

Employee and Workgroup Achievements

Financial Budget & Reporting  

Public Education


Many of these acknowledgements were the result of comprehensive assessments of the Agency's core business processes by independent organizations. The Agency uses the results of these assessments to continually improve its operations and provide training opportunities for its staff.

CMSA staff are professionals who have dedicated their careers to environmental stewardship. Generally, residents give little thought to how wastewater is collected, treated and beneficially reused once it leaves their homes or businesses. We like our customers and ratepayers to know that your community’s wastewater treatment plant is held in high regard as one of the most efficient, environmentally responsible, and forward-thinking in the state. This around-the-clock operation has performed at a high level of regulatory compliance since 2005.



The staff of CMSA with the CWEA Plant of the Year Award for 2016.


 2018 California Water Environment Association (CWEA)
 - State Level Awards -

The CWEA awards recognize outstanding achievements within the wastewater field, and honors exceptional wastewater professionals,
facilities and agencies. 

Engineering Achievement of the Year
First Place

Power Delivery Program


Community Engagement and Outreach
Person of the Year
First Place

Mary Jo Ramey 


Community Engagement and Outreach
Third Place

Wastewater Treatment Agencies of Marin's Cooperative Public Education Program

National Association of
Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) 


In 2017 the Agency received the Silver award for outstanding compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits.





2018 California Water Environment Association (CWEA)
Redwood Empire

- Individual Awards -

Electrical/Instrumentation Person of the Year
Jon Farr 

Mechanical Technician of the Year
Jacob Dellinger 

Community Engagement and Outreach Person of the Year
Mary Jo Ramey 

Operator of the Year
Ryan Word 

Outstanding Young Professional of the Year
Amy Hwang 

P3S Person of the Year
Jose Gutierrez 


Government Finance Officers Association
(GFOA) Awards

CMSA has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the past fifteen consectutive years. 

The Agency has also received the Distinguished Budget Award for the past three years, and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR) for the last four years.



This award recognizes facilities that, through their outreach programs, stimulate public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the environment.

The Wastewater Treatment Agencies of Marin won the Community Engagement and Outreach Program of the Year Award from the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Redwood Empire Section in 2016, 2017, 2018, and the program also won First Place statewide for Community Engagement and Outreach in 2016.

In 2009, the Regional Water Board (RWB) presented CMSA, in conjunction with other Marin agencies, with the Dr. Teng-chung Wu Public Education Award. This award reflects agencies that have worked together on pollution prevention projects. Awards are based on leadership, innovation, commitment, measurable results, and benefit to the environment and community.


CMSA earned the Safety Program Award from the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) each year from 2012 through 2016, and also placed Second Statewide in 2012 and 2013, Third in 2015, and First Place in 2016.

The California Sanitation Risk Management Authority (CSRMA) has awarded CMSA various safety awards.