This Weekend’s Annual Meeting is Canceled

Since travel is difficult and we all have more important things to do right now, and likely for the next several days, the Annual Meeting scheduled for this Saturday, August 6th, IS CANCELED.

We will notify you when it is rescheduled.

Please stay safe!

Outside Watering Prohibited Until Further Notice

Due to yesterday’s thunderstorms, and the over two (2) inches of rain that we received in about an hour, we’ve had to switch over to wells completely.

Since this substantially lowers the amount of water available, our Operator, Buck McLelland, is requiring all members to stop outside watering until further notice.

All other Water Use Rules and Guidelines, posted July 23, 2022, remain in effect.

Those guidelines, by the way, can be viewed on, and downloaded from, our Important Documents page.

Free Wood Available at the Pleasant Valley Tank for MWC Members

As many of you know, the Forest Service cut down hazard trees near the Water Company’s Pleasant Valley tank starting in the fall of 2021. The work was completed just last month.

The bucked up wood is available for Water Company Members to take!

Please DO NOT cut wood at the tank site and be careful working and driving at the tank site.

A cutting permit is required by the Forest Service.

You can get those permits at the following locations:

By the way, the slash piles will be chipped by the Forest Service when a chipper becomes available.

As a reminder…

Our Annual Meeting is this Saturday, August 6th, and we’d welcome any Member’s attendance. Please see this post for more information.

Since this Annual Meeting takes place in the same month as our normally held “Special Call” meeting, which WAS to take place on August 20th, we’ve canceled that “Special Call” meeting.

Location Change for Tomorrow’s Board Meeting

Unfortunately the meeting room at the Markleeville Library WILL NOT be available tomorrow.

For those of you who wish to attend in person, the meeting will instead be held at President Mary Young’s home at 150 Sawmill Road, Markleeville, starting at 8:30 a.m.

There will still be a Zoom option for those that wish to attend virtually.

Please RSVP for either option by emailing us at

Upcoming Meetings – Quarterly Board Meeting and Annual Meeting

Our 1st meeting of the 3rd quarter of 2022 WILL NOT be held on the usual 3rd Saturday (7-16) due to the Deathride taking place that day.

Instead, the meeting will be held on Saturday, July 23rd. It will be in-person (at the Markleeville Library) and via Zoom. The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m.

Our Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, August 6th and it will take place at the Alpine County Administration Building Board Room (99 Water St., Markleeville) in-person and via Zoom. The meeting starts at 10:00 a.m.

Agendas for both meetings, as well as previous meeting minutes, operations reports, financials, and Consumer Confidence Reports can all be found on our Important Documents page so feel free to do whatever homework you need to in advance of these meetings.

While participation of members and qualified persons is always encouraged at any meeting, IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT at the Annual Meeting where a quorum of members (approx. 40) is needed in order for elections to be held on that date. Other important business also calls for a quorum.

Attending that meeting either in-person or virtually would help us eliminate having to send a lot of materials, and ballots, via mail, and would also make the meeting more productive for everyone.

To RSVP for either meeting, email us at

May’s Special Call Meeting Will Be Held Wednesday, May 18th!

Instead of our typical “3rd Saturday” meeting, the May meeting will be held on Wednesday night, May 18th, starting at 5:30 p.m.

This special call meeting will be shorter (typically an hour or less) than our quarterly board meetings, and held via Zoom only, but please fire up your computer or phone.

We’d love to have you participate!

Our hope is that a weekday night meeting will give folks that cannot attend on a Saturday a chance to join in and learn about what’s happening with local water production, restoration efforts, and more.

RSVP by emailing us at

We hope to see you on Zoom!

Water Use Rules and Guidelines Have Been Updated

At the quarterly board meeting last Saturday, the Board of Directors updated the rules and guidelines.

Effective today, the restrictions that were in place post-Tamarack Fire have been rolled back.

You can download a copy of the current rules and guidelines from our Important Documents page.

A couple items of note:

  • Since pressure or power washing can put a signifcant load on the system depending on time of day, it is not allowed w/o specific permission. Please fill out the form on our Contact Us page and someone will contact you.
  • Rain events affect the processing of water. When the turbidity-levels get too high in the creek we have to switch over to well water and that lessens the amount of water that can be produced.

It’s likely, based on drought predictions for CA, that more restrictive rules and guidelines will need to be put in place.

We will make that determination at the June meeting, and encourage your attendance at that meeting, as well as all meetings.

Email us at in order to RSVP for any meeting, or if you have any questions.

Upcoming Board Meeting To Include Discussion of Water-Use Guidelines

Our next meeting is Saturday, April 16th, at 8:30 a.m., and it will be held at the Markleeville Library AND via Zoom.

Please RSVP by emailing us at

While we will be discussing water conservation measures moving forward we want to remind you that last year’s landscape watering guidelines, as part of the Fire Related Mandatory Conservation Plan, remain in effect.

Thanks for your continued conservation efforts!

We look forward to seeing you either in-person or via Zoom in a couple weeks!

An Update on the Musser & Jarvis Watershed Restoration – and Upcoming Tree Planting!

For three days starting on Wednesday, March 23rd, the six remaining bags of grass left over from last fall’s volunteer restoration in Musser & Jarvis Creek were spread out up to the wilderness boundary.  In addition, 3,000 tree seedlings were planted throughout the non-wilderness section of the Musser & Jarvis watershed!  The seedlings were Jeffery Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Sugar Pine and Incense Cedar.

How was this accomplished, you ask.

Through the help of a lot of people and organizations that need to be recognized:

  • The grass seed was leftover from last fall’s funding from the Chamber of Commerce.
  • The seedlings were a donation from University of Nevada – Reno to the US Forest Service. Annabelle Monti of the Forest Service was instrumental in this effort, from beginning to end.
  • Tools were provided by loans from Andy Lovell, the Alpine Watershed Group (Kimra McAfee and Rachel Kieffer).
  • The labor came from CalFire and the California Conservation Corp. and was funded by a donation from Richard and Susan Burchiel of Markleevillage. Sierra Riker of Alpine Watershed Group also participated in the planting.
  • Sierra Riker also performed the first monitoring of the restoration efforts in the watershed.

As for an update on last fall’s restoration efforts:  

The waddles and tree chinking both survived the winter with no damage.  There is still very little green in the watershed, with a few exceptions: 

  • Obviously, the new seedlings are beautiful, standing out in the stark landscape.
  • Death Camas is coming up in many areas, especially on the south-facing slopes.
  • Some small areas of phlox have sprouted, mostly on the south-facing slopes.
  • A couple of small patches of manzanita sprouts from burnt skeletons have appeared.
  • AND…. We’ve got lots of new grass sprouting from last fall’s seed-spreading!!! 

For those of you who participated on last fall’s last day, you may remember a last ditch effort to get seed down by dragging rakes and spreading seed as we walked out…even that was apparently successful. We can only hope the new sprouts survive the summer.

Upcoming Tree Planting!

As you may be aware, the Alpine Watershed Group along with the Forest Service has planned two (2) community volunteer Tree Planting Workdays on April 9th and May 1st.

We will be planting within the Tamarack Fire burn scar, and due to restrictions on the number of volunteers allowed, RSVP is required. Each workday will include a family-friendly site. – Alpine Watershed Group

Click here to view the flyer and click here to RSVP.

Locations TBD at this point so stay tuned to AWG’s site for more info.

Please get the word out, and pitch in if you can!

With everyone’s help we can facilitate recovery in other burned areas, too.

Board of Directors Meetings to Take Place Virtually Until Further Notice

This morning we posted that Saturday’s meeting will take place at the Alpine Co. Library at 270 Laramie Street in Markleeville at 8:30 a.m., HOWEVER, that is NO LONGER the case.

Per Alpine Co. Public Health (just a little bit after we posted up this morning’s heads up) public meetings are no longer allowed due to the surge in Covid cases within the county.

Here’s this weekend’s agenda, but again, attendance will only be by Zoom; there will be no one meeting at the library.

Qualified Persons may attend any MWC meeting but the meetings will now be via Zoom until further notice.

Please RSVP by emailing us at