According to the video, it only took five days to build the One Megawatt Turbine.
PYCO 1 megawatt wind turbine. Construction from March 31, 2008 to April 4, 2008 in Lubbock Texas.
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Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
- The first was that Lester Snow, California's water chief announced that he is worried that 2009 will be worse than this year. He said that two of the state's largest reservoirs are at less than forty percent capacity.
- The second is an article goes over the skepticism of the Governor's $9 billion water bond in the Legislature. Legislators first want to know why the new bond is needed, when voters approved billions of funds for water projects in 2006. Darrell Steinberg the incoming Senate President Pro Tem is quoted as saying:
“But first we must address our immediate needs – fixing the Delta’s fragile eco-system, our deteriorating levees and our stressed water supply. Californians approved billions of dollars in 2006 to fix these and other problems. We owe it to voters to put these funds to work now.
- The final article is reports about a rally that was held at the Capitol Wednesday. About 300 farm workers came to tell the governor that they need water.
Wednesday's rally was designed to give a human face to the state's water woes. At least 300 farm workers, most from the Valley's parched west side, marched and carried homemade signs declaring "agua es vida," or water is life, and "agua = trabajo," water equals work.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The measures that are of interest are only public works related measures:
Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century. SB 1856 (Ch. 697, 2002) Costa.
November 4, 2008 Proposition 1
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Children’s Hospital Bond Act. Grant Program. Statute.
November 4, 2008 Proposition 3
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Renewable Energy. Statute.
November 4, 2008 Proposition 7
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More information about the LAO.
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Dan Bancher penned the following reply:
Restore the Delta, a Delta-based coalition including Delta farmers, environmentalists, fishermen, business leaders, the faith community, recreation enthusiasts, and everyday folks today issued a statement calling into question many of the findings in the Public Policy Institute’s "Comparing Futures for the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta", a report calling for a peripheral canal.
Building a peripheral canal like the one that Senator Dianne Feinstein and Governor Arnold "Fish Terminator," the worst ever Governor for fish and the environment in California history, are pushing for, will only make the dramatic declines of Central Valley chinook salmon, steelhead, delta smelt, longfin smelt, striped bass and other fish species even worse. There are no examples in U.S. history that I know of where the construction of a canal resulted in increased flows for fish and wildlife.
Make no mistake about it: the Delta's problem is not that it lacks a canal. The problem is that its water is over allocated, much of it to toxic land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley that should have never been put into agricultural production. To restore Central Valley chinook salmon and California Delta fish species, more water must be allowed to flow NATURALLY through the Delta, not less.
This November is going to be a lively one.
Monday, July 21, 2008
According to the BCTD website, the Trades and the the Center for Construction Research and Training are starting to roll out the safety program.
The training program involves a rotation schedule for both sites, and all workers on each site are required to go through the 10-hour OSHA safety program over two days, 5 hours per day. Thus far, over 500 workers have received the OSHA-10 training, and now that new training facilities have been provided at City Center, we will be training approximately 350 workers per week until all workers at both sites have been trained. We estimate that over 5,000 workers will go through the training.This seems pretty comprehensive. I hope that these steps protect workers on the job.
Below are some of the key points in the article.
Although this will not be a "water cooler" conversation, this will be a big fight on the ballot and the proponents need to be sure that history does not repeat itself. In 1982 there was an initiative that asked voters for a "Peripheral Canal" similar to this year. It went down in flames and every county north of Kern County opposing it by more than 70 percent. A link to the map can be found here.
The Delta is in crisis, and that crisis could undermine the water supply for Southern California and the Silicon Valley, and curtail agriculture in the southern San Joaquin Valley, doing damage to the state's economy and potentially making ghost towns out of many farming communities. The end of the Delta as we know it might come slowly, or it could come overnight, from a major natural disaster. But it is coming.
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is part of the largest estuary on the West Coast. More than 50 species of fish and 300 species of birds, mammals and wildlife have tried to make it their home.
The Delta also serves as a transfer point for the state's water supply. Snowmelt from the Cascades and the Sierra drains into the Sacramento River and flows into the Delta at its northern edge. Pumps at the southern end of the Delta then suck water out and send it to the Bay Area and Southern California, serving two-thirds of the state's residents and millions of acres of farmland.