Posted on | August 6, 2009 | No Comments
August 6, 2009
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, California 95814
Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,
On June 5, 2009, the Southern California water and energy speculator Cadiz, Inc quoted you in a company press release as saying of Cadiz’s potential partners:
“I applaud the leadership of these Southern California water agencies who are helping address the state’s water supply challenges by exploring a path-breaking, new, sustainable groundwater conservation and storage project. This innovative project, utilizing sophisticated water conservation practices, will sustainably recover more than one million acre feet of water that would otherwise be lost to evaporation and make it available to help provide a reliable source of water for Southern California. All Californians who care about our state’s economic future and job creation should follow the lead of these water suppliers and examine smart and sustainable ways to conserve every last drop of water.”
May the public please know whose efforts you are applauding?
Cadiz, Inc has yet to reveal the full list of companies that have allegedly signed letters of intent to remove 150,000 acre feet of Mojave groundwater a year from beneath its table grape farm in San Bernardino County.
Further, could your office, Cadiz, Inc and the five largely unnamed water companies please explain the discrepancy between what they seem to be claiming is the sustainable yield of the project (150,000 acre feet of water per year) and what an exacting two-year-long federal Environmental Impact Report revealed in 2001? That would be orders of magnitude less, 2,500 acre feet per year.
I copy this to a network of well remunerated contractors for Cadiz who now hold government office, including your Chief of Staff Susan Kennedy, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former Assemblyman Richard Katz, in the hope that one of them will be able to aid you in coming up with the names of the water companies along with impartial, reliable data about the sustainable yield of the target Mojave groundwater basins.
Emily Green, Editor and Publisher, Chance of Rain