Since dry years became common and the effects of climate change more pronounced, Marin Municipal Water District has faced a quandary. Its traditional sources of water were inadequate to meet the public’s demand. Addressing that need led to a policy divide on the five-member elected water board. Some, mostly in Marin’s environmental community, believed the best method to address water shortages was by conservation. The idealistic, if unrealistic, implication of the “less is more” thinking is that Marinites’ quality of life won’t decrease even if water use is restricted.-Written by Dick Spotswood, Marin IJ columnist.