Government Pasadena’s Hydroelectric Plant in Azusa Ordered to Study Birds and Bats Published on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 | 2:54 pm Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Herbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week The City of Pasadena’s hydroelectric power plant in Azusa needs study the birds and bats if it wants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider renewing the plant’s current 30-year license, which expires in December 2018.Many Pasadenans are unaware the the City owns and operates the plant. It is located in in San Gabriel Canyon.This Monday, the Pasadena City Council approved a proposal to authorize the Interim City Manager to enter into a contract with Applied EarthWorks, Inc. for conducting an Avian, Bat, Vegetation, Cultural, and Special Status Herpetological Surveys for the Azusa Hydroelectric Plant Surveys as required by FERC.The surveys will be conducted in consultation with the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, according to PWP, and are designed to collect data and gather necessary information to determine the presence of these species at the plant in support of the FERC license renewal process.Applied Earthworks was chosen among nine proponents who responded to a Request for Proposal in January.PWP says the contract amount will not exceed $89,500, which includes the base contract amount of $77,782.5 and a contingency of $11,717.48 to provide for any necessary change orders.The plant’s powerhouse and conduit were built in the late 1890s by the San Gabriel Electric Company – the successor to the San Gabriel Power Company, Pacific Power and Light and eventually Southern California Edison Company in 1917 – to provide hydroelectric energy as a possible power source for an ice-making plant in Azusa. The initial capacity of the plant was 2,000 kilowatts and by June 30, 1898, power was being transmitted to Los Angeles, where much of it was used to power electric railway lines in and around Los Angeles.The original power plant was the second two-phase plant in the United States, the first being at Niagara Falls.In the late 1940’s a 3-MW new power plant was constructed south of the old facility to replace the first plant. This was necessitated because Edison was converting from 50 cycle power to 60 cycle power.In 1912, the City of Pasadena formed its Water Department when it sold bonds to buy some small independent water companies. Pasadena realized that it needed more water as the city continued to develop and grow. It was determined that the San Gabriel Canyon would be a viable source, but a dam and a pipe line to Pasadena would need to be built.To be able to build a dam, Pasadena purchased various properties and water rights in the canyon. However, the reservoir formed by the dam could potentially encroach on the Azusa Conduit, which was owned by Southern California Edison Company. Edison then told Pasadena that if they wanted to build the dam, they would have to purchase the conduit and powerhouse from them.On January 18, 1930, the City signed an option with Edison the purchase these properties. On June 18, 1929, the voters of Pasadena approved the sale of bonds in the amount of $10,000,000 for what was then referred to as the “San Gabriel Project,” which actually was construction of the Pine Canyon Dam from where Pasadena would source its water.The groundbreaking ceremony for Pine Canyon Dam was held on April 26, 1932 with a target completion date by January 1934. Pasadena sold Pine Canyon Dam and Reservoir to the Los Angeles MWD on November 23, 1932, and the City officially purchased the Azusa Hydroelectric Project and Conduit from Southern California Edison on June 20, 1933.On May 26, 1934, Pine Canyon Dam and Reservoir’s name was changed to Morris Dam and Reservoir.Azusa documents show that in 2012, the Azusa Utility Board, which governs Azusa Light and Water, had discussed a plan to purchase the Pasadena-owned Azusa Hydroelectric Power Plant and the associated 5.5 mile long conduit from the San Gabriel Dam. The current status of the board’s intention is not known at the moment. 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We are really pleased that the British Army will be returning to Malawi to work in partnership with the Malawian authorities and African Parks on counter-poaching activities. This will build on the success of their previous deployment and ensure that life becomes increasingly difficult for those intent on wildlife crime in Malawi. Under the guidance of British Army troops, African Parks rangers will learn tracking, infantry skills, bushcraft and information analysis to improve the interception of poachers.The long-term goals of training park rangers in Malawi are for them to effectively police their parks and respond appropriately to the threat of poaching, which is worth approximately £7bn to £17bn year.Training in the two new parks has been funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund.Liwonde Park Manager, Craig Reid, said: The MOD deployment to Liwonde in 2017 was very beneficial to the African Parks effort in securing the integrity of this park which was once overrun with poaching. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced today that deployments to Nkhotakota and Majete Wildlife Reserves will begin in May, following a successful pilot scheme in Liwonde National Park alongside the conservation non-profit African Parks, doubling the number of rangers mentored by British soldiers to 120.A conservation crisis occurring around the globe is causing the loss of countless species, and one of the main factors behind this is the illegal wildlife trade, which drives the decline of many of Africa’s animals, including elephants, rhinos and lions.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: The soldiers helped mentor the Rangers as part of the long-term project aimed at ensuring a sustainable law enforcement effort. We are very appreciative of the ongoing support rendered to our team on the ground. Poaching is a horrific and cruel trade that is putting the very existence of this planet’s most majestic wildlife in jeopardy. Our brave Armed Forces are the best in the world and are playing their part in putting an end to this sickening and illegal industry, to protect these magnificent mammals. By providing training and mentoring to the park rangers, they will form a skilled network to ensure that the world’s precious species are here for generations to come. All three parks, Nkhotakota, Majete and Liwonde, are managed by African Parks in partnership with Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife.Brighton Kumchedwa, Director of National Parks and Wildlife, said:
Last night’s County Senior Football Championship game between Éire Óg Annacarty/Donohill, Loughmore-Castleiney game in Golden was called off due to a bereavement in the Loughmore club.However, there are two games down for decision in the County Senior Football Championship this evening.The first sees Upperchurch-Drombane face Ballyporeen in Sean Tracey Park at 7 o clock, and then at quarter past 7 Fethard play Arravale Rovers in Leahy Park Cashel at a quarter past 7. Looking forward to Sunday’s fixtures in the County Senior Football Championship, there’s a double header sey for New Inn.Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun take on Ardfinnan at 2pm, followed by Clonmel Commercials and Cahir at 3.30pm.The evening games on Sunday see Drom& Inch face JK Brackens in Templetuohy at 6, Kilsheelan-Kilcash take on Killenaule in Monroe at 7 and Moyle Rovers play Aherlow Gaels in Cahir at 7.