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Conservancy Times Answers to common questions about Island's water SUpl The Conservancy looks at the realities of water on Catalina BY JOHN J. MACK First in a series about water on Santa Catalina Island. The ongoing drought and the start of mandatory rationing are generating a lot of discussion about how we arrived at this point (again), and what we might do next. To better inform the conversa- tion and help us all understand the Island water issue, we should look at some basic "facts of life" about water on Catalina Island. This column is the first in a series of columns in which we take a look at the physical and biological realities of water on Catalina Island. As stewards of 88 percent of the Island's land and Catalina residents, we too are grappling with the water shortages and are also concerned about our water future. To help us understand the situation, we wanted .to provide answers to some of the most com- mon questions about Catalina's water supply. Who owns the land? Until 1975, the Santa Catalina Island Company (Company) owned nearly all of Catalina Island. In 1975, the Company trans- ferred 88 percent of the Island's 76 square miles to the Catalina Island Conservancy. Under its Articles of Incorporation, the Conservancy is a not-for-profit corporation established to ensure the long- term protection and health of Catalina's natural ecosystems (Conservation); promote increased knowledge of how to live in a healthy balance with the Island (Education), and allow the proper use of its land for nature-based recreation (Recreation). The Island Company retained about I 1 percent of the Island. The rest is owned by private landowners, the City of Avalon and USC. Who owns and delivers the water? It may come as a surprise, but the two main Island landowners (the Company and Conservancy) do not own the water on or under their land. Water, Page 15 Thompson Reservoir is used to store surface water that then helps recharge (replace) the groundwater in the aquifer. (Photo by Jack Baldelli) From page 6 treated like family and came away with an improved basketball team, both in character and ability. The tournament began with a rally consisting of all the teams joining together for a free BBQ chicken dinner, a 3-point contest, a free throw contest and even a coach's 3 point contest. We also had the opportunity to listen to a motivational speaker who really inspired us and we even saw a 15 year old girl sink a 1/2 court shot for $100. It was a great experience, I- appreciatethefamilieS for allow- ing their kids to go away during vacation time arrd be a part of this great experience. Our next game is on Saturday, Jan.10, at home against Sage Hill. We played them once this year and were soundly defeated. Hopefully an improved Avalon team can now compete better with this Division 4 School. Come on up and support us for a day of hoops. Steve Hall is coach of the Avalon Lancers. MARITIME INS TUTE ** TI .............. BeorneaLicensed Captain ..... _.,, Annual Cata| na Course January 19 - 30, 2015 / Become Qualified to Take Passengers for Hire ./ Improve Your Navigation and Safety Skills Enjoy Spectacular Catalina While You Learn / U.S. Coast Guard Approved Curriculum ... Serving Mariners on Catalina Island Since 20017 Call Today 888-262-8020 www.Maritimelnstitute.co m JUST ? , ESTABLISHED 1938 Purchase a Brick for the Memorial Gourmet Candy Apples Espresso Bar Hand-Dipped Strawberries Iced Coffee Drinks / 20 Flavors of Salt Water Taffy 220 Selections of Guava Cheese Danish Jalapeno Cheddar Croissant Raspberry Chocolate Muffin Biroche Ginger Green Tea Muffin Lemon Cranberry Muffin Cherry Turnover THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, January 9, 2015 i ?