Posted on | March 3, 2011 | 3 Comments
The Santa Margarita Water District has announced notice of preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Report of what is now being styled as the “Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project,” a formerly discredited Mojave Desert groundwater mining scheme rejected by the Metropolitan Water District in 2002. Its resurrection, this time with a clutch of small water companies fronting it, has much the same players in the background, not least of them Keith Brackpool, the brazen good time boy of the Manhattan Beach Country Club, horse racing aficionado and close friend/former employer of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. For the history of a plan to extract 50,000 acre feet of water a year from the Mojave Desert and then to use public facilities to wheel the water to public agencies at cost to public lands and public purse, click here.
For the former environmental review, which describes the same plan in which little more than euphemisms and acronyms have changed, click here.
Public scoping meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, March 16th at 4 pm at the Santa Margarita Water District, 26111 Antonio Parkway Rancho in Santa Margarita and Thursday, March 24th at 6pm at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Street, Joshua Tree, California.
Among many questions forming: Which agencies will be participating and which have been sidelined by the politically connected backers of this project — in short, how the proponents of this blatant mining scheme intend to thread the regulatory needle this time?