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Nature's Notebook: When water becomes a problem Island water may be scarce but too much rain can also be a detriment to its eco- systems BY FRANK HEIN While it's true that rain is criti- cal for all living things on Catali- na, it's sometimes possible to have too much of a good thing. The problem isn't that we get too much water; it's that we get too much water too quickly. 1995 storms packed a punch The storms of 1995 are a classic e>ample. These storms were not the largest recorded on Caialina, yet they were responsible for some of our wQrst flood damage ever. Here's why. In 1995, we experienced a number of good, small rain events. Then on December 5, a large storm dropped 4.7 inches in Middle Ranch. This effectively filled Mid- dle Ranch Reservoir to the brim. Then on December 11, a second intense storm quickly dropped an additional 5.2 inches of water in Middle Ranch. With the reservoir already full, large quantities of excess water spilled over the dam, forcing a tor- rent of water downstream. This wall of water changed the course of the drainage below, shifting it dangerously close to the Eagle's Nest Lodge, destroying Middle Ranch Road, and forcing masses of soil, boulders and debris downstream. By the time the flood reached Ben Weston Road, it blew through the watershed, taking that road with it, too. This rain-driven event had an economic impact in the millions of dollars, and dramati- cally changed the landscape of Catalina. Rainy day highs and 10ws: Conservation group offers a working vacation You want to take a vacation on Catalina Island, but you have a pesky and all-too-common prob- lem: you don't want to spend a lot of money. The solution: the working vacation. The AmeriCan Conservation Experience will offer a volunteer vacation on Catalina in 2013. ACE vacationers will spend 11 days preserving the Island's unique environment at the Two Harbors, Little Harbor, Hermit Gulch, Catalina Island and Laura Stein Volunteer campgrounds. The volunteers will have to get to Catalina on their own. When they arrive, volunteers will work during the week and have the weekends for themselves. Cost: $600. For more invorma- tion, visit http://www.volunteer- match.org/search/opp1244798.jsp. F_ 1948 to today The following statistics were taken from a weather database that tracked rainfall from 1948 to 2006 for most weather stations. The most rainfall recorded in Avalon on a single day was seven inches on Dec. 6, 1966. The most rainfall recorded on a single day in Middle Ranch was 6.14 iiaches on Nov. 30, 1970. The most rainfall recorded on a single day at E1 Rancho Escon- dido was 4.3 inches on November 15, 1965. The Airport in the Sky receives 1.71 inches more rain on average than Avalon per year. That may not seem like a big difference, but it adds up. From 1948 to 2006, the airport received 101.44 inches more in rainfall than Avalon! E1 Rancho Escondido gets 3:40 inches less annual rainfall on av- erage than Avalon. From 1948 to 1993, Escondido received a total of 150.02 inches less rain thgm Avalon ! If you look closely at the habi- tats around Avalon, the Airport in the Sky, and El Rancho Escondido, you'll notice that the vegetation is significantly different in each of these locations. Differences inrain and fog have a lot to do with that. For the record: The record year for the most rain, Island-wide, was 2004, when the average from various locales-was 26.80 inches of rain. The record year for the-least amount of rain was 1960, when the average was only 3.445 inches of rain. That's only about one quarter of our annual average rainfall of about 12 inches. Special thanks to Frank Star- key and Denise Knapp for data. Rich Zanelli and Katelyn Horn contributed to this story Frank Hein is director of edu- catibn for the Catalina Island Conservancy.. Play it Sa Around Holiday Lights As you begin preparing for the holiday season, we remind you to follow these important safety tips: Do not use decoraUve lighUng with frayed cords and wires, broken fuses or broken light bulbs. Do not use staples, nails or tacks to hang electrical cords. These can pierce the protective insulaUon. n use only Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved lighUng and extension cords. n Plug no more than three strands of lights into each electrical cord/outlet. n Ensure live trees are well watered, and keep electric cords away from tree stands with water pans. n Never use lighted candles on or near holiday trees or decorations. [] Remember to unplug decorative light when you leave home and before going to bed. We wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season. For more safety tips, please visit www.sce.com/holidaysafety SOU1HERN cALnoRNIA EDISON Eagle's Nest Lodge in 1995 after road washed out after "too much of a good thing." . Conservancy archival photo PLANNING COMMISSION CITY OF AVALON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. (Note time change) OTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Avalon Planning Commission will hold a PUBLIC HEARING to consider the following item at the December meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 410 AVALON CANYON ROAD, AVALON CALIFORNIA. 1. A Public Hearing for a Site Plan application, Local Coast Development Permit, and Mitigated Negative Declaration to construct a cable-suspended pedestrian bridge across Descanso Canyon, the improvements will consist of a bridge entry platform, steel cable bridge, a small ' widening of Hogsback Road to provide for a vehicle turn-out for guest drop-off, a small set of stales from the turn-out will lead guests to the bridge entry platform below Hogsback Road. In the 'drop zone', a landing area will be created that will allow for vehicle access and short-term parking along with viewing area for spectators at Descanso Beach. This application is within the appealable area to the Coastal Commission. Owner: Santa Catalina Island Company Applicant Same Location: I St. Catherine way (Descanso Beach) APN: 7480-001-001 PC#2504 Zone: Resort Recreational 2. A Public Hearing for a Local Coastal Permit for a Site Plan Application and a Con- ditional Use Permit approved at the November meeting, to expand the existing Restaurant, Bar, Caf( use at 417 Crescent Avenue. This application is within the appealable area to the Coastal Commission. Owner: Roy Rose Applicant: Steve Bray/Steve's Steak House Lo:ation: 417 Crescent Avenue #200 APN: 7480-016-002 PC#2501 Zone: Commercial File Date: October 15, 2012 3. A Public Hearing for a Site Plan Application, Local Coastal Permit, and a Condi- tional Use Permit for a Restaurant, Bar, Car6 use to remodel existing commercial spaces inside the Atwater Arcade to add a coffee/juice bar location at 125 Sumner Avenue. This application is outside of the appealable area to the Coastal Commission. Owner: Santa Catalina Island Company Applicant: Same Location: 125 Sumner Avenue APN: 7480-017-025 PC#2502 Zone: Commercial File Date: November 16, 2012 4. A Public Hearing for a Site Plan Application, Local Coastal Development Permit. and a Conditional Use Permit for a Restaurant, Bar, Caf use to allow for a Restaurant at an exist- ing hotel at 119 Maiden Lane. This application is outside of the appealable zone to the Coastal Commission. Owner: Catalina Land Company Applicant: Seaport Village Location: 119 Maiden Lane APN: 7480-017-028 PC#'2500 Zone: High Density File Date: November 15, 2012 5. A Public Hearing for a Site Plan Application and Local Coastal Development Per- mit, to convert an existing storage space to retail space at 210 Metropole Avenue. This application is outside of the appealable zone to the Coastal Commission. Owner; Santa Catalina Island Company Applicant: Same Location: 210 Metropole Avenue APN: 7480-017-028 PC#2503 Zone: Commercial File Date: November 15, 2012 6. A Public Hearing for a Site Plan Application and Local Coastal Development Permit, to install a metal pole of approximately 26' tall to support a small 1' x 2' antenna for monitoring of the Low Flow Diverters and Sewer Lift station at four locations on City property. The locations are: Salt Water Reservoir across from the cemetery (7480-002-901 ), the intersec- tion of Crescent and Sumner, (on the street easement) the intersection of Crescent and Pebbly Beach Road ton the street easement) and adjacent to the lift station on Crescent Ave. (7480-021 - 900) The Salt Water Reservoir is the only location outside the appealable zone to the Coastal Commission. Owner: City of Avalon Applicant: Same Location: Various (See above) APN: 7480-002-901 & 7480-021-900 PC#2505 Zone: Low Density/Resort Recreation File Date: November 15, 2012 7. A Public Hearing for a Site Plan Application, Conditional Use Permit for Density Bonus unit, Parking Variance and Local Coastal Development Permit, to convert an existing stor- age space to a Density Bonus unit at 11 Crescent. This location is within the appealable zone to the Coastal Commission Owner: Ken and Sondra Goldman et al Applicant: Same Location: 11 Crescent APN: 74804)22-010 PC#2506 Zone: High Density File Date: November 15, 2012 Members from the Public who would like to address the Planning Commission may appear at the public hearing during the consideration of this item and state their opinion. Written comments may also be submitted to the Planning Department, attention Planning Director Amanda Cook, PO Box 707, Avalon, CA 90704 prior to the Planning Commission's consideration of the item. Anyone may appeal any decision made by the Commission to the City Council. To appeal, you must file a written appeal, and include an appeal fee of $842.00 with the City Clerk within fifteen (15) calendar days of such action. Any person challenging actions of the Planning Commission may be limited to issues he or Someone else raises in writing prior to or orally at the hearing. All actions on Local Coastal Development permits seaward of the appealable area boundary (within 300 ft. of established mean high tide line) may be appealed by any aggrieved person to'the Coastal Commission. By: Amanda Cook Director of Planning Posted: City Hall Friday, November 23, 2012 Friday, November 23, 2012 Catalina Islander FOR OVER 100 YEARS...LIFE. POWERED BY EDISON THE CATAUNA ISLANDER - November 23, 201217