Posted on | July 30, 2012 | 2 Comments
Faced with a crowd of 500 people* last week, many protestors, the Rancho Santa Margarita Water District postponed certifying the final environmental impact report for its groundwater-mining bid in the Mojave Desert. Rather, the final vote for what is styled as the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery, and Storage Project is scheduled for tomorrow night, July 31st, 2012 at 6pm in Mission Viejo (click here for details), with a video hook up for Joshua Tree protestors who organizers clearly hope won’t have the steam to make another 300-mile return trip. For those of you who missed last week’s meeting, this YouTube video of what appears to be Cadiz lawyers feeding scripts to “public” commenters planted in the audience is a priceless piece of citizen journalism. For more on the project, click here for a Pacific Institute analysis of its shortcomings. The text is even more withering when it hasn’t been through Wordle, but the terms “unresolved,” “over-drafting,” “ignores,” “shaky,” and “overestimated” should supply the gist.
*This text was updated shortly after posting. The identification of all 500 attendees to the 7/25 meeting as “protestors” was corrected to reflect the presence of some project advocates. CoR apologizes for the error.