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BETWEEN HARBORS EIIie Stevens Columnist WEST END WATER PART I1: affectionately referred to as "bugs." WHERE OUR WATER GOES Their main purpose is to consume the organic waste and thereby strip From Refuse to Reuse: A the water of its harmful chemicals, Picture of the Process nitrogen and phosphorous. All the water that exits homes After the "bugs" do their work, and workplaces in Two Harbors dae wastewater then enters into a ultimately ends up watering the clarifier. At this point the waste- trees behind the Banning House water is separated again. The clari- or getting sprayed on the road to fled wastewater water moves into prevent dust. Between the time the a disinfection tank and is treated water leaves the sink and gets to with chlorine. The chlorine kills the trees, however, the wastewa- all the remaining pathogens. ter must first go through an intri- The "bugs," on the other hand, cate process of filtration, chemical settle to the bottom of a cylinder treatment and relocation, inside the clarifier. At the bottom First the raw wastewater trav- of this cylinder the "bugs" regain els via pipes to a collection well their appetite. If they are not re- in town. The collection well is sur- introduced into more untreated rounded by a little fence near the wastewater, they will starve to visitor's center in the main plaza, death, or worse, cannibalize each Then, high-pressure pumps push other. At this point the "bugs" the wastewater up to the waste- are returned o the aeration basin, water treatment plant. It is located where they can start their feeding on the first bend of the road lead- process again. ing out of Two Harbors towards After the clarified water is treat- Avalon. Once it is there, the raw ed with chlorine it gets pumped to wastewater collects in the Influent the top of the hill behind the Ban- Tank, inside of which is a grinder, ning House into a pond that looks This grinder is euphemistically like a pool. On top of this pond is known as the "Muffin Monster." a solar powered pump, called the The "Muffin Monster" shreds Solar Bee, which circulates the and filters the waste, and gets rid of water. From this "pool," the water all non-biodegradable material. Af- is piped to sprinklers that water the ter it is filtered, the wastewater enters trees behind the Banning House an aeration basin, inside of which and into trucks used to spray the are tons of microorganisms. The roads. The benefit of this. process microorganisms, found naturally in is that it not only enables us to re- the environment, are introduced into use our treated wastewater, but it the manmade environment of the also prevents it from re-entering basin. These microorganisms are the ocean directly. It's Alive! is time consuming. It can take up scribe the Plant, Panzer refbrs to The wastewater treatment plant to a month to correct, it as a, "Giant Terrarium, a living is essentially a living organism. For many years the person to organism; if someone doesn't take The "bugs" that do the majority oversee the Two Harbors Waste- care of it, it dies." of the plant's actual labor must be water Plant was lifetime Islander, On busy weekends in Two kept alive in order for the plant to George Foote Sr., who faithfully Harbors, such as this upcom- function. This is a win-win situa- operated it. Longtime Two Har- ing Catalina Marathon Saturday, tion for the "bugs" and the town, burs resident and recent retiree, wastewater volumes will increase as long as the "bugs" to wastewa- Chris Peterson, followed in his dramatically. For the "bugs," this ter ratio is balanced. Thanks to our stead, followed by Scott Panzer, means party time. For the Plant wastewater, the "bugs" can "eat." who runs it presently. Two Har- operator, this means maintaining Thanks to the "bugs," our waste- burs residents Paul Wintler and chemical balances despite rising water is made safe to re-enter the Kevin Inkster are also vital to the and falling wastewater volumes, environment. This symbiotic re- Plant's stability. Both Wintler and which can be a challenging task. lationship works well so long as Inkster step in to manage the Plant Fortunately our Two Harbors crew there is someone to regulate the when Panzer is absent, and addi- is dedicated to the cause. process. Otherwise the "bugs" can tionally contribute their electrical When asked about his role at starve, asphyxiate or be poisoned, and plumbing expertise to the up- the Plant, Wintler says in jest that If they die, the process for intro- eration, for him, "your number two is my ducing new "bugs" into the Plant When asked how he would de-number one concern." NATIVE PLANT NURSERY OPEN HOUSE AND PLANT SALE (310) 545-7698; tjohendrix@att.net or www.catalinamgby.org Visit the James H. Ackerman Native Plant Nursery for an open house and plant sale on Sunday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be more than 80 drought-tolerant species of Catalina native plants f6r sale. Enjoy a complimentary BBQ, nafive plant information and help celebrate Catalina's tlora. Shuttles depart from the Plaza in Avalon aHO a.m. and noon. Call 310.510.1299 Ext 236 to reserve a space on the shuttle. MARCH ..................... and enjoy organic food, green living dis- MAY ................................ 12 plays and demonstrations, family activities 5/7.7/31 Catalina Marathon and live music. Free entry into the Wrigley Yesterday and Today: The Beatles and The 26.2 mile trail run takes athletes Memorial & Botanical Garden. Catalina Eric Claptnn as Photographed by Pattie from Two Harbors to Avalon, as the run Island Conservancy Education Dept (310) Boyd through the interior of the island - some- 510-0954; www.catalinaconservancy.org When Pattie Boyd was cast as an extra in thing veP/few visitors ever get to see. 20 the Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night" Pacific Sports LLC (714) 978-1528; www. Cummun/ty Health lair and met George Harrison, her life changed PacificSportsLLC.com or email info@pacif- Improve your health and that of your family irrevocably and forever. "Patty Boyd: icsportsllc.com by attending the Catalina Island Health Yesterday and Today" lends an intimate Fair in the Casino Ballroom from lOam to view into the lives of George Hardson, APRIL 3pro. A wide array of free or low-cost medi- Edc Clapton, The Beatles, and Pattie Boyd 9 ................................................. cal screenings are available at this annual herself. This unique body of over 50 photo- 16th Annual Conservancy Ball event, sponsored by the Catalina Island graphs has toured two continents and has Medical Center. Contact the Catalina Island captivated art critics wherever it has been Hosted by the Catalina Island Conservancy, Medical Center (310) 510-0700 exhibited. Catalina Island Museum (310) this annual event is sure to be exciting. The black tie event at the Avalon Casino 21 510-2414; www.catalinamuseum.org Ballroom includes dinner, big band dancing Spring Fest 14 and live & silent auctions. Catalina Island Food, Music & Games! Join the community 24tb Annual Silent Rim Benefit Conservancy (310) 510-2595; www.catali- at the Field of Dreams from 11am to 4pm Don't miss this rare chance to enjoy the for an afternoon of fun for the whole family. 1927 silent film "The Sea Hawk" starring naconservancy.org City of Avalon Recreation Department (310) Milton Sills, Enid Bennett and Wallace Beery 10 510-1987 with live organ accompaniment by Robert D. Annual Rubber Ducky Derby Annual fundraising event to support the 30 Salisburyin the Art Deco splendor of one of. Catalina Island Rugby Festival California's last remaining movie palaces. local children's theatre company "Kids At Play". The derby begins at noon on South ' This is a Master's Rugby event (players over This film is one of many classics filmed on 40 and 50) held at the Field of Dreams. and around Catalina Island in the 1920's. Beach. For more info contact Kids at Ray at (310) 510-0288 Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Catalina Island Museum (310) 510-2414; Wellness Community, South Bay Cities, www.catalinamuseum.org 16 which provides free education and support Earth Day 2010 Explore the natural side of Catalina Island to cancer patients, families and friends. Calendar, Page 9 4 1 Friday, March 11, 2011 The CAT/UJNA ISLAIMDER