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 Posted: Thu Feb 4th, 2016 04:53 pm
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odwyerpw
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Excellent fotos on the FB page!




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I am still having trouble inserting pictures which I took this morning to send to our volunteers. I agree that the Facebook pictures are great. Here is the text I sent to our volunteers. 

One of my images is just like the one shown in the previous post. The other picture shown below is of two workers preparing the second tower this morning  for dismantling. The electric company is into the third day of the task. They are currently working on the second tower. The workers shown in the first image are preparing the sections for removal by the crane. The crane then moves each section across the road to an area outside of the protected area. The second image shows the dismantled first tower which was moved yesterday. Once all of the sections are away from the protected area, they will be dismantled completely and hauled away. The entire operation is being monitored by one of the estuary biologists to make sure that no damage is done inside of the protected area. 

This event has been a long time coming, but it is a wonderful conservation story about a community working together to protect an ecological treasure. The towers were constructed because of the political greed and corruption in the previous administration. But the entire Mexican and American community rose up quickly and objected. The former mayor of Guaymas, Otto Clausen, a champion for the environment, acted alongside local citizens to voice their objections to the federal government. Shortly thereafter, and during the previous administration, operations at the estuary were terminated by the federal government. It took a new Sonoran government administration and some fine work by a number of people to have our new governor sign the order to remove the towers. This is a really great example of how a community can work together to resolve an environmental problem. In this case, there was community effort by both Mexican citizens and Anglos who care about the estuary. It is a great day for all of us and, of course, for the estuary.

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Wonderful news and great work by all!

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BRAVO Y EXITO TODOS!!!!

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A day late and a dollar short.The towers are just one attack on the Estuary and I'm surprised that not many folks are or were concerned with the CONVENTION CENTER that looks down the mouth of the largest part of the back Estuary where most of the migrating birds rest and reside.
Winter of 2015 saw the smallest number of birds in the back bay.
The digging noise and gouging of the rocks and hills of the CONVENTION PROPERTY has had and will have an extreme negative effect on the Estuary. Go over the the Convention Property and look at the view of the Estuary. This construction project seems like another like the shopping center entering into San Carlos that has been vacant for the past five years. WHO NEEDS IT ???
Keep going the way the Government is going and they can fill it in and build a hotel for the convention center.

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roadrunner:
I totally agree with you. And, you are joined by many others. The so called convention center is/was another way for the previous administration to scrape money into their direction as they left office. Even some well known developers hate that "project". The state coffers are now empty which means that everything ecological suffers. The new administration is struggling to put together new environmental leadership on an almost zero budget. Estero del Soldado has only two full time employees running the place. When they need more help, they bring in workers from the delfinario. 
So, while all of us completely agree with you, everyone is "picking their battles" carefully. While the so called convention center is a disaster, please don't forget the resounding success in getting the towers (another political boondoggle) removed recently. There was huge professional and community support for the removal project. I think that the prevailing negative attitude about the "convention center" has the same support. That community energy will ultimately drive that political boondoggle to extinction with ecological restoration.

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