San Bernardino County supervisors this week approved an additional $500,000 for Downey Brand, a Sacramento-based firm hired to fight Cadiz-related lawsuits by several environmental and conservation groups, a labor union and a salt mining operation, according to the Press-Enterprise.
A long-promoted plan to pipe water from one of the driest parts of the Mojave Desert to irrigate Southern California’s cities continues to find new critics, who are slamming the project on environmental grounds. The Cadiz Valley Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project, which in its first phase would drill wells into the desert near Cadiz Dry Lake and pump groundwater into the Colorado River Aqueduct at a cost of $240 million, continues to take heat over its claims that it can pull 50,000 acre-feet of water out of the desert each year without damaging the Mojave Desert’s ecosystem. But an increasing number of people aren’t buying it, according to KCET. Continue reading