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Special District

Marin Municipal Water DistrictCandidate for Director, District 5

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Larry Russell

Water Quality Engineer
11,003 votes (68.25%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Engineering the response to MMWD to the impacts of climate change on our water supply
  • Management of the budget shortfall resulting from the impacts of the Covid virus on our constituents
  • Managing and improving our efforts to improve our water supply by improving conservation



Profession:I am a Water Quality Engineer
President, REED International Ltd (1983–current)
Director Division V, Marin Municipal Water District — Elected position (2004–current)


UC Berkeley Ph.D., Civil/Environmental (1976)
UC Berkeley MS, Civil/Environmental Engineering (1971)
UC Berkeley BS, Civil Engineering (1970)




EDUCATION         Ph.D., Enviornmental Engineering, University of 

                                           California at Berkeley

                                         Minors in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering

                                         Ground Water Hydrology

                                  M.S.,  Sanitary Engineering, University of

                                             California at Berkeley

                                   B.S.,  Civil Engineering, University of

                                             California at Berkeley




                    Civil Engineer in California

                    Chemical Engineer in California

                    Corrosion Engineer in California

        Professional Engineer in Arizona

                        Professional Engineer in Georgia

                        Professional Engineer in Hawaii

                        Professional Engineer in Kansas

                        Professional Engineer in Kentucky

                        Professional Engineer in Michigan

                        Professional Engineer in Nevada

                        Professional Engineer in New Mexico  

                        Professional Engineer in New York 

                        Professional Engineer in Oregon

                        Professional Engineer in South Carolina 

                        Professional Engineer in Texas

                    Professional Engineer in Washington

                    Board Certified Civil Engineer, American Academy

                        of Environmental Engineers

          A Engineering Contractor - 702818 – California, Builder B, C-55, C-36,C-10,


Elected Board Director of Marin Municipal Water District since 2004


                  U.S. Patent No. 5,336,398 Water Treatment Device

                U.S. Patent No. 5,975,628 Children’s High Chair Tray

                  U.S. Patent No. 5,992,684 Water Dispensing Device

                  U.S. Patent No. 6,103,097  Method and Apparatus for Lead Corrosion Control

           U.S. Patent No. 6,423,208  Method and Apparatus for Lead Contamination trol

                  U.S. Patent No. 6,773,607 Ballast Water Treatment for Exotic Species Control

           U.S. Patent No. 6,823,332 Information Storage and Retrieval Device

                U.S. Patent No. 7,149,469 Method and System for Receiving  Audio Broadcast 

           U.S. Patent No. 7,194,459 Information Storage and Retrieval Device

            U.S. Patent No. 7,186,327 Method and Apparatus for Scaling Control and In-Situ

Cathodic Protection


Applied environmental chemistry and engineering as related to concerns in water quality, air, water, soil with special emphasis on water conservation in the food processing industry.  Dr. Russell has a strong process background in the area of water management for industry and for the implementation of wastewater recycling in the food processing industry. He has designed over 100 water conservation systems for water systems for municipal and industrial facilities.

Following a nationwide search by the U.S. EPA,  Dr. Russell’s team was selected to develop the EPA Process Control Manual for Aerobic Biological Wastewater Treatment Facilities.  The preparation of this report was based on a hands-on survey of the best operated wastewater treatment plants located in each Region of the EPA. as determined by that Region.  Following site visits to over 30 treatment plants, Dr. Russell analyzed the data to prepare a comprehensive analysis of what operational and design criteria  work well at these best plants.  The report was distributed by EPA to every treatment plant in the United States.

The next task in Dr. Russell’s career was also the result of a nationwide search for the best team to prepare an evaluation for the Office of Water Research in the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) on the subject of Water Recycling in the Food Processing Industry.  Dr. Russell’s team was selected due to their extensive experience with water conservation and recycling in the food processing industry, due in part to his location in the middle of  California’s food industry with its $6 billion annual turnover.  The report addressed all of the food processing facilities in the United States, as identified by the Department of Interior.  An evaluation of the water use efficiency of the food processing industry in terms of water usage per ton of product was conducted and the most efficient techniques for minimizing water usage was identified for each segment of the U.S. food industry.   

Following the preparation of the water recycling report for the U.S. DOI, Dr. Russell’s team was selected to prepare a study on Water Recycling in California's Food Processing Industry for the Office of Water Recycling ofthe California State Water Resources Control Board.  At the suggestion of Dr. Russell, due in part to the fact that his team had just prepared the comprehensive DOI report and the economic impact of this major segment of the California food industry,  the California  report was focused on the fruit and vegetable industry segment.  The report focused on the members of this industry segment and the potential for reducing water usage in the fruit and vegetables processing segment.  

As a result, Dr. Russell is one of the foremost experts on the implementation of water conservation and water recycling, he is also an expert on the process control of sewage treatment processes, and his personal engineering has resulted in the saving of over 50,000,000 gallons of fresh water per year.   He has consulted for more than 100 major food processing companies at over 300 food processing facilities.  During his career, he has provide water conservation/wastewater management/recycling for food processing companies including Nestles, Green Giant, Pillsbury, Del Monte Foods, Carnation, C&H Sugar, Spreckels Sugar, Smuckers , Contadina Tri Valley Growers, Hilmar Cheese, Bolthouse Farms, Kernridge Growers, Anheuser Busch, the Clorox Company..        

Dr. Russell has conducted forensic evaluations on a wide variety of  investigations involving releases from over 100 petroleum storage facilities located though out California and the United States,  heavy metal contamination from recycling and military operations,  landfills leachate management/treatment, explosive leachates from munitions landfills, perchlorate management from previous explosive, photoflash and rocket manufacturing.  Well water pollution/source selection, materials selection and performance, corrosion mitigation, hazardous materials management, management of acid mine ground/surface water drainage management claimed personal injury from chlorine exposure in a wastewater system, water and sanitary and storm sewer system design and the nature of contaminant contribution. These evaluations have resulted in addressing the steps required to clean up as well as assignment of costs in proportion to responsibility, determination of the initial date of contribution and determination of responsibility for the release.





            (REED) CORPORATION - a small high tech environmental consulting firm  specializing in sanitary

                engineering design and evaluation of forensic engineering aspects of ground water cleanups.


Chairman - Aqua Resources, Inc. - Responsible for technical management of

projects for industrial/hazardous waste management 


Vice President - James M. Montgomery Consulting Engineers -

                 Manager of Industrial/Hazardous Waste Services for largest environmental firm

    in California








Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Congressman Jared Huffman
  • Supervisor Dennis Rodoni
  • Assemblyman Marc Levine

Organizations (3)

  • Marin Professional Firefighters - IAFF Local 1775
  • Service Employees International Union - Local 1021
  • Marin Democratic Party

Elected Officials (4)

  • David Kunhardt, Vice Mayor City of Corte Madera
  • MMWD Director Larry Bragman
  • MMWD Director Cynthia Koehler
  • MMWD Director Jack Gibson

Individuals (2)

  • Armando Quintero
  • Larry Minikes

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

At UC Berkeley, I was trained that engineering is doing the most with the least.   I have carried that philosophy with me throughout my professional career, and I have worked diligently with my fellow Board members to produce the highest water quality at the lowest possible cost.


My primary professional role is to provide expertise on water quality and public health.   I have worked all over the world on water quality and maintaining the highest possible public health principles.  I have helped MMWD maintain the highest water quality at the lowest cost since I joined the Board in 2004.


I am the People’s engineer on the Board, and my role is unique.  I am the only technical member of the Board, and I exercise my technical opinion frequently in my position on the Board.


I believe in maximum transparency and in making every effort to make water rates affordable.  

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