The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has two meetings coming up this week. A special meeting on Monday October 1 will deal with the Cadiz project, and the Tuesday October 2 regular meeting will deal with several issues.
Documents related to the proposed Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project can be viewed online at
This project seeks to capture and conserve water that flows from Cadiz Valley to the Mojave Desert, in order to provide water for over 100,000 households in Southern California and reduce dependence on the Colorado River, the San Francisco/ San Joaquin Delta and Owens Valley.
Water captured by the project will be supplied to water utilities including the SMWD, Three Valleys Municipal Water District, Suburban Water Systems, Golden State Water Company, Jurupa Community Services District and California Water Service Company.
The project will be executed in two phases, with the first phase expected to be operational by 2015. Regulatory approvals, project financing and final design of the project are still pending. Around 1,100 direct and indirect jobs are expected to be created during the construction stage.
Environmental groups oppose this project for a number of reasons, including the possible impact on groundwater levels in the area.
The Los Angeles Times explains that this project is controversial and has faced many legal hurdles. Moreover, the quality of that water and the ability to make it acceptable for public consumption have been called into question. So far, five lawsuits have been filed.
Critics say the management plan is full of loopholes that will make it tough to prove environmental harm is a result of the pumping and also gives the project too much leeway in measuring the floor. “There are so many places along here where it’s just so easy to say, ‘That’s not us,'” said Debra Hughson, science advisor to the nearby Mojave National Preserve.
The agenda for the special meeting on Monday includes a public hearing on the Cadiz
Valley project, as well as consideration of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) related to that project.
The agenda for the regular meeting on Tuesday includes a number of issues that might be of interest to residents of San Bernardino County. The most pressing issue on the agenda is the recent escapes by inmates from the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center.
These issues affect your life, your taxes and your community, so get involved. Attend the meeting of the Board of Supervisors and offer your input during the public comment periods.