Photo: Luke Dickinson (left) and Danielle Armstrong (right) show that they need 20 volunteers before they can come down from the chilly rooftop – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caThe Big Brothers and Sisters of Fort St. John Roof Top challenge ended in record time Friday.After only 12 hours Big Brothers and Sisters of Fort St. John was able to sign up 20 volunteers. Those 20 volunteers will now go through the process of becoming a mentor to a child in Fort St. John and the North Peace.- Advertisement -If you would like to sign up to be a mentor, you still can. Big Brothers and Sisters Volunteers will still be on hand Saturday at the North Peace Leisure Pool until 12pm. After that time you can always call 250-787-9674.This year Big Brothers and Sisters of Fort St. John is celebrating 25 years in the community. The organization also recently announced they would be expanding to provide services to the community of Dawson Creek in the coming months.
We give the water folks credit. They’ve built in more water conservation by flooding the market with low-flow toilets and low-flow showers. Giveaways have been common at many water agencies. In the last 15 years, MWD and others have invested in some extensive water storage systems, both above and under ground. This has increased water storage here in Southern California. MWD reports it currently has 2.5 million acre-feet in surface and groundwater storage accounts. During the last drought, Southern California had just 225,000 acre-feet of water stored at one time. (One acre-foot of water equals 326,000 gallons, about what’s used by two families in a year). In addition to that new reservoir, underground basins are being cleaned up. That means more local water can be stored underground and less water is imported from Northern California or the Colorado River. Better water collection systems, combined with more water conservation and water recycling, will sustain life in our region. And of course occasional gifts of rain from Mother Nature also help.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Finally, our high pressure gave way to a rainy weather system from the north, splashing Southern California with a steady dousing of rain on Friday. What does this do for the drought? Does it mean one more storm in the region and we can all go back to overwatering our lawns and brushing our teeth with the faucet running? No. Conservation is what put Southern California in a much better position for handling the current drought than we were during the last six-year-drought of 1987-1992, according to Metropolitan Water District Chairman Timothy Brick. It’s true. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsNow – or ever – is not the time to abandon conservation efforts. That means homeowners planting more drought-resistant vegetation and using drip irrigation systems or systems they can “pause” before, during and after a storm. That means homeowners buying more low-flush toilets and water-stingy washing machines and dishwashers, and then running those machines only when full. Conservation should be a way of life. After all, the Colorado River Basin is still in a years-long drought, and a judge’s order could shut off water deliveries from Northern California through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as early as this month. MWD, which imports water from both those sources, anticipates its water supplies in 2008 will be 30 percent lower than normal. If so, it might mandate lower usage by water agencies across the region, which could lead to water rationing as soon as March, some water officials say. Still, we’re much better prepared than we used to be. After 1992’s “March Miracle,” the water engineers were saying the huge storms that broke that drought cycle weren’t enough. That the rain was falling mainly in Southern California instead of as snowpack up north. They were blaming Mother Nature for their own Rube Goldberg-like rainwater collection systems. That was then. Now, there’s more storage and more water saving.