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Pet of the Week .... Timber is a 10 year old male Aussie mix. His companion is Waylon. Here he is seen fundraising for the Catalina Island Humane Society MARITIME \\;0000INSTITUTE Become a Licensed Captain Annual Catalina Island 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 2001! Call Today 888-262-8020 I Opinion: Fresh water resources Local group calls for a new wastewater reclamation program Water, essential to all life on Earth, both literally and figura- tively, is in short sup- ply in the Southwestern United States, as well as dozens of other regions worldwide. Here on Catalina we are separated, some would say insulated, from things affecting the mainland, but in this particular case we are in lockstep with the Jon Council Southwestern U.S. in Guest Columnist regards to our increas- ing issues with fresh water resources. Despite our recent rainstorms, there wasn't sufficient precipita- tion to get us beyond the manda- tory water restrictions and ration- ing programs set forth this year. Sadly, there isn't any guaranteed end to be seen with these restric- tions anywhere in the near future. Spirited debates over whaf should have been done by any number of different Island entities does little to actually create solu- tions to our fresh water resources on Catalina island. Knowing this, a small group of Avalon residents went to work on establishing a think-tank consortium who could research various fresh water resource manage- ment, conservation and production options and could then make recom- mendations to the city leadership as to what options might make the most sense for our com- munity to pursue. Traditionally the city has enlisted the help of consulting firms to conduct studies and to provide recommendations regarding vari- ous issues facing the island and Avalon. While it can also be debated whether these consultants and suggestions have been worth it or not, it should be noted that the Adorable Babydolls! Lovely bra sets! Sweet Panties! Cute Curvy Girl Sizes! Fine Locally made Jewelry! Murano Glass Bead Necklaces and Sterling Silver Jewlery! Come visit us and find quality lingerie along with beautifully handcrafted jewelry just in time for the holidays! Feel like a million bucks inside and out! -- Merry Christmas from Studio 122 -- Located in the Metropole Market Place Island community holds within it a great number of very qualified and intelligent individuals. These people actually have a dog-in-the- hunt so to speak, and are quite capable of investigating possible solutions to meet our needs and are happy to do so free of charge to the community. The eventual payoff is an improved quality of island life for those who actually reside on Catalina, and that's the motivation and difference behind the effort. So beginning in July this past summer, an informal bi-monthly gathering of local citizens began discussions and research into what we are facing specifically with fresh water resources, what pos- sible directions can be pursued to improve/increase/conserve those resources and what those options will cost, how the costs can be met, what will each system pro- vide and what their projected con- tributions and limitations will be. To date, the core group consists of current Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall, former Avalon Mayor Ralph Morrow, Darwin Horn, Kevin Strege, Gene Trapp, Avalon City public works manager Dennis Jaich, along with Rock Gosselin, Paul Demeyer, Tim Tyler, and myself. In addition to the names listed above, we have also held meetings with members within the water treatment and reclamation indus- try, desalination industry, and several key figures throughout the state who are involved within Public Utilities circles. The group has looked into more than a dozen various fresh water resource options and scenarios while reviewing several possible avenues of pursuit for Avalon. These options include things like additional storage capacity, hold- ing tanks, new wells, desalina- tion technologies, rainwater runoff capture systems and the group has Water, Page 15 SEAP@RT BISTRO Espresso Bar Iced Coffee Drinks 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 Merry Christmas from all of us at Seaport Bistro! Looking for the perfect gift for you loved one? Give the gift of Bistro! Gift Certificates & Chef Greg's Gourmet Season All Spices Now Available. Call or visit our website to purchase: Sunday Night Specials - Dine In - All you eat Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Salad $15.95 (31o) 51o-3663 Located at the Seaport Village Inn n9 Maiden Lane 10 1 Friday, December 19, 2014 THE OATAUNA ISLANDER