By Scott Slater
Published in the SBC Sentinel
May 25, 2012
Cadiz, California is an eastern Mojave Desert railroad stop hidden along historic Route 66, crisscrossed by the BNSF and Arizona and California (ARZC) railroads. Traveling through this part of California, you may have noticed the splashes of green vineyards and lemon orchards that line the desert horizon. Cadiz Inc., a California public company, operates a 1,600 acre farm here. The Company is the largest private landowner in the area, with a total of 34,000 acres (50 square miles) in Cadiz and 11,000 additional acres in other parts of the Mojave.
Los Angeles --- Cadiz Inc. [NASDAQ:CDZI] ("Cadiz") announced today that the Board of Directors of Santa Margarita Water District ("SMWD"), the Lead Agency for the proposed Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project ("Project"), voted on Friday, May 11, 2012 to approve an agreement with the County of San Bernardino and Cadiz regarding the County's role in the Project's groundwater management program. The Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") agreement, also approved by San Bernardino County's Board of Supervisors on May 1, 2012, grants the County full enforcement authority over the Project's proposed Groundwater Management, Monitoring, and Mitigation Plan ("GMMMP").
County Board of Supervisors Votes to Approve Memorandum of Understanding With Cadiz and Santa Margarita Water District for Project's Management Plan
Los Angeles -- Today Cadiz Inc. [NASDAQ: CDZI] ("Cadiz"), a land and water resource development company with 45,000 acres in California's San Bernardino County, announced that the County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing the County's role in enforcing the groundwater management plan for the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project. The Water Project proposes to provide an annual reliable water supply to Southern California communities by capturing and conserving thousands of acre-feet of native groundwater currently being lost to evaporation from the aquifer system beneath the Company's property in eastern San Bernardino County's Cadiz Valley. The MOU grants the County full enforcement authority over the Project's Groundwater Management, Monitoring, and Mitigation Plan (GMMMP), a key component of the Project designed to monitor aquifer conditions and establish measures to protect against impacts to critical desert resources.
Company pledges 50% of labor force and 80% of infrastructure spending for Cadiz Valley Water Project to County residents and businesses
Los Angeles -- Cadiz Inc. [NASDAQ: CDZI] (“Cadiz”), a land and water resource development company with 45,000 acres in California’s San Bernardino County, announced today a significant pledge to support County-based labor and materials upon implementation of the Company’s Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project (“Project”). As part of the Pledge, the Company has committed to purchase 80% of the materials necessary to construct the Project’s facilities from County businesses and to dedicate 50% of the Project’s jobs to County residents, including a goal of 10% for local veterans.
By Winston H. Hickox
Winston H. Hickox, former secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, is a principal with the consulting firm California Strategies. He is responding to the April 13 Viewpoints article, "Plan to tap groundwater for profit shows need for better state policy." That article stated: "The bottom line is that the project relies on unsustainable mining of groundwater, designed to extract groundwater at a rate exceeding natural recharge."
By Scott SlaterMarch 29, 2012
The following provides an overview of the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project and offers a response to questions recently voiced in the online community about the science behind the Project. The Project is a Southern California water conservation project that would capture and conserve groundwater to provide a new, reliable water supply for approximately 200,000 individuals across the region per year.