Our vision for Cadiz is as a green company that operates under the principle of sustainability and grows in partnership with the environment. As part of that vision, we have and will:
- Manage the aquifer system in a sustainable manner;
- Explore solar power generation on our land; and
- Continue to farm in an agricultural sustainability manner, on organic land, and producing permanent crops of organic-certified, dried-on-the-vine raisins along with seasonal crops of vegetables and fruits.
In order to be true to our philosophy of sustainability, we are guided by a Green Compact. This Compact, an agreement with the Natural Heritage Institute (NHI), is more than a promise to NHI, it is a promise to Californians. It is a promise to manage our resources in a sustainable way while also creating a variety of significant environmental benefits from wildland preservation to clean energy to the restoration of threatened water systems. Our goal is not just to avoid environmental harm but to actually provide a net environmental improvement. Provisions include:
- The Sustainability Pledge. We agree to manage our property holistically, providing due regard for the long-term sustainability of the land and its natural resources.
- Solar Energy Commitment. We will seek to make up to 20,000 acres of land available and provide a reliable water supply for the development of photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies.
- Species Protection Plan. We will institute a habitat conservation plan and/or natural community conservation plan developed and approved under the federal and state Endangered Species Acts.
- Permanent Conservation of Lands. We will arrange for the irrevocable dedication of land surface conservation easements on a project-by-project basis.
- Groundwater Bank. We will seek to develop a groundwater banking operation for irrigation, solar, municipal water supply, environmental restoration, and other beneficial uses.
- Groundwater Management Principles. We will promote the optimal, long-term, and sustainable use of our water resources and manage the groundwater supply in a manner that will not result in environmental harm. By creating a water bank, we will encourage restoration of unrelated aquatic ecosystems currently impaired by water development.
- Independent Resource Evaluation Study. We will complete a study of available water resources including precipitation, aquifer recharge, total quantities of groundwater in storage, and the safe quantity of dewatered storage that may be made available for a conjunctive use project without harming the underlying aquifer system or ecosystems that depend upon it. (To see report, click here.)
- Local Priority for Water Use. The highest priority for water use will be given to reasonable and beneficial uses on the overlying property, including but not limited to agriculture, environmental, and solar power.
- Environmental Audits. We will invite one or more recognized environmental groups to evaluate, audit, and report on the development and management of our property and the adherence to stewardship principles.