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Updating the current status of the Cadiz water project




The Cadiz Valley Water Project would pump groundwater from an aquifer in the Mojave Desert.
The Cadiz Valley Water Project would pump groundwater from an aquifer in the Mojave Desert.
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The Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project has been in the works for decades, and was recently revitalized after the Trump administration rescinded a policy memorandum that prevented Cadiz, Inc, the company overseeing the project, from building a pipeline along a federal railroad right-of-way.

Cadiz, Inc.wants to pump groundwater from an aquifer in the Mojave Desert and sell it to water suppliers in Southern California using the Colorado River Aqueduct. The company and supporters of the project, which include a number of lawmakers and business/labor organizations, say the project will not only bring water to 400,000 people in Southern California, but also provide jobs and an economic stimulus with no impact to the environment.

But opponents, which include a number of environmental advocacy groups as well as California Senator Dianne Feinstein, have concerns about whether there really will be no impact to the desert environment, as Cadiz claims, and also worry the aquifer wouldn’t refill as quickly as the water was pumped out.

Guests:

Scott Slater, CEO and president of Cadiz, Inc.; he is also a partner at the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Frazier Haney, conservation director with the Mojave Desert Land Trust, a non-profit organization that advocates for protecting the Mojave Desert ecosystem