Environment – Cadiz

Background on Cadiz


September 5, 2017 – Don’t Give Up – Take Urgent Action on Cadiz!


Urgent Call for Thursday, 31 Aug re Cadiz – Support California A.B. 1000:  Protect California’s Precious Desert Water Resources! 

From the National Parks Conservation Association:

Imagine pumping 16 billion gallons of water from the Mojave Desert for export and sale each year! Unfortunately, the Cadiz, Inc. water mining project, which would starve the desert of much needed resources, is proceeding without the required environmental review. This is the Trump administration’s plan. Fortunately, a solution exists to stop it.

Please call your California state legislators today and tell them to support A.B. 1000, which safeguards our desert parks, monuments and wildlife!

Note: this action alert is restricted to residents of California.

Script: I urge you to support Assemblymember Laura Friedman’s bill, A.B. 1000, which will safeguard groundwater in California’s Mojave Desert that sustains our public lands including Mojave National Preserve and wildlife. This legislation would help to ensure our national parks, monuments, wilderness areas and state lands remain resilient in the face of climate change.

The Trump administration is considering removing protections for California’s national monuments and advancing the Cadiz Water Project, an environmentally disastrous groundwater extraction proposal in the region. A.B. 1000 provides a safeguard for California and its significant natural and cultural desert resources. Please support this bill and help protect our parks, monuments and water. Thank you for your consideration.

Phone Numbers:

State Senator Jean Fuller
Capitol Office – (916) 651-4016
Bakersfield Office – (661) 323-0443
Morongo Basin Office – (760) 228-3136

State Representative Chad Mayes
Capitol Office – (916) 319-2042
District Office – (760) 346-6342

Kevin DeLeon – (916) 651-4024

Ricardo Lara – (916) 651-4033


CADIZ WATER PROJECT:  There will be an Informational Meeting on the Cadiz Water Project at the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve tomorrow! Tuesday, August 29, at 6:30.  Reservations required; call (760) 369-7105 to save a spot.  Bring a folding chair.


Desert Defenders from the Hi-Desert Mark and Matt (Joshua Tree Huggers), Marge (Democratic Club), and Yolanda (Indivisible Morongo Basin) attended the Monuments For All Rally in Indio. Yolanda reports:

On April 26, 2017, an executive order was signed by 45 to review the designation of national monuments under the Antiquities Act. This action directly affects two California desert national monuments: Sand to Snow and Mojave Trails.

On Friday, June 16, 2017 the Mojave Desert Land Trust, in partnership with National Parks Conservation Association, Audubon California, Sierra Club San Gorgonio Chapter, and COFEM, held a rally in Indio from 5-7p.m. at Spanish Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Indio. Representatives voiced the reasons about why the Mojave Monuments are important to them and why they choose to fight. Mark Evans and Marge Doyle received an opportunity to voice their support when they were interviewed by Channel 3.

http://www.kesq.com/news/rally-to-support-monument-designation-for-sand-to-snow-mojave-trail/546429707

The rally was led by MDLT’s executive director Danielle Segura. She reminded the attendees of the importance of submitting a public comment to the Department of the Interior to let them know the public supports our national monuments. If you haven’t submitted your public comment, please do so at https://www.mdlt.org/desert-defenders/

Remember, when our desert is under attack, we fight back! Become a desert defender by spreading the word and urging everyone you know to submit their public comment loud and clear in support of our national monuments. #desertdefenders


ACTION CALL AND POSTCARD:  Do Not Support the Cadiz Water Export Project! Posted April 17, 2017

The Indivisible MB Environmental Issues Team is taking focused action on the Cadiz Water Project this month.  Support this action with calls and postcards to your congressman and senators!  Sample scripts below.

Cadiz Inc, located in Cadiz, San Bernardino County, is a private company that plans to exploit a natural desert aquifer and destroy pristine public lands for profit.

Cadiz plans to pump ancient groundwater from below the Mojave Desert and sell it to urban areas in Southern California, transporting it in a 43-mile pipeline.

This project would potentially draw down the Mojave Desert aquifer, which could in turn open the area up to increased environmental risks. The National Park Service and US Geological Survey argue that Cadiz would withdraw more water – 50,000 acre feet for year – than nature will be able to recharge the desert aquifer.

The new Administration has put Cadiz on a list of priority infrastructure and has quietly pushed the Federal Bureau of Land Management to rescind an earlier directive that required Cadiz to obtain a federal right of way permit, which would include comprehensive environmental review before being allowed to proceed to build the pipeline.

This project puts corporate profits ahead of the public’s interest.

Cadiz Phone Call Script (Cook)

Hello my name is________________ and my zip code is ___________________.

I know that Congressman Cook was one of a group of Congressmen who wrote a letter expressing support for the Cadiz water export project in the Mojave Desert, and that the BLM guidelines that were blocking this project were recently removed by the Administration, paving the way for this project to move forward.

I am concerned that the Cadiz project developers and their scientists greatly underestimate the environmental impacts of this project and that their estimates of natural recharge of water are exaggerated. This project is about selling our precious desert water resources for corporate profit, and will result in the loss of one more ancient aquifer. It does not help our communities.

I am urging Congressman Cook to not allow this project to move forward. We need him to protect our water resources.

Cadiz Phone Call Script (Feinstein and Harris)

Hello my name is________________ and my zip code is ___________________.

I know that BLM guidelines preventing the Cadiz water export project in the Mojave Desert have recently been removed by the Administration, paving the way for this project to move forward.

I am concerned that the Cadiz project developers and their scientists greatly underestimate the environmental impacts of this project and that their estimates of natural recharge of water are exaggerated. This project is about selling our precious desert water resources for corporate profit, and will result in the loss of one more ancient aquifer.

I am urging the Senator to not allow this project to move forward. We need her to protect our water resources.

Sample Post Card Script:

Dear Rep Cook, Sen. Feinstein or Sen. Harris,

Please do not allow the Cadiz Water project to proceed. Cadiz will sell our precious desert water resources for corporate profit. No corporate profits ahead of our public interest!

Sincerely,

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Town, Zip code