Cadiz Water Grab Meets With Significant Opposition
By Steve Brown
The Cadiz desert water mining project is pointing a finger at alleged misrepresentations by a “shadowy operative,” and stating the project will not harm, nor irreparably harm the desert environment. We, and many others, disagree.
But the National Parks Conservation Association is hardly a shadowy operative, and it has been joined by a broad range of organizations concerned about the environmental implications of the project. Indeed, the Center for Biological Diversity, the NPCA, the California Wilderness Coalition, the San Bernardino Valley Audobon Society, the Sierra Club Desert Committee, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, the Sierra Club (national), the Morongo Basin Conservation Association, the Defenders of Wildlife, the Desert Tortoise Council, the Sierra Club San Gorgonio Chapter, the Southern California Watershed Alliance, the Desal Response Group, and Desert Survivors joined together to file a 78 page comment on the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery, and Storage Project Draft Environmental Impact Report.
“The DEIR for the Proposed Project falls woefully short of meeting the core requirements of CEQA. We also have serious concerns about the Proposed Project’s potential to degradefederally protected National Park Service (“NPS”) and BLM lands, and the region’s fragile desert ecosystem. Unfortunately, these concerns remain largely invisible in the DEIR,” the comments from these organizations begin in a recent document.