Last year, a broad coalition of more than 60 local, state, and national organizations – including labor unions, local government groups, community groups, chambers, cities, and water agencies – came together to oppose SB 120 because it was bad policy that would have created new uncertainty for any infrastructure project in California, jeopardizing affordable, reliable services for all communities. With only five days left in the 2018 legislative session, Senate Bill 120 – a non-germane budget bill – appeared through the controversial “gut and amend” process in the hopes of quickly passing it through the Legislature in the waning hours of session outside of regular order. Ultimately, the bill was held by the Senate Appropriations Committee and was stopped.
SB 120 has reappeared as SB 307, introduced on Feb. 15, 2019 by Sen. Roth (D-Riverside) and would change the rules of the game in an effort to stop the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project and require a “double jeopardy” environmental review for the project – even though it has been reviewed, approved, and deemed safe for the environment under the most aggressive environmental law in the nation, the California Environmental Quality Act, by local and state agencies, and by California’s courts. The precedent set by the bill would also inject even more uncertainty for other projects reviewed and approved under CEQA, including transportation, school and hospital construction and affordable housing projects.
The project will recover an annual average of 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater before it evaporates.
The Cadiz Water Project will create a new water supply – enough for 100,000 families a year.
The Project would create and support over 5,900 jobs and generate nearly $1 billion in economic activity.
The Cadiz Water Project will have no negative impact on the desert environment, including flora, fauna and wildlife.
Detailed scientific analysis of the Project has confirmed that the groundwater is naturally renewable.
The Cadiz Project offers certainty in both wet and dry years that our water supply will be available.