Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after a new peer-reviewed scientific study published in the journal Hydrology found serious flaws in Cadiz’s environmental impact review:
“This study highlights the serious flaws in Cadiz’s own environmental review. By inflating rainfall numbers, cherry-picking data and ignoring scientific facts, Cadiz has tried to sell the public a false bill of goods with its bogus environmental review.
“There is no question that Cadiz would irreparably harm the Mojave Desert. Numerous independent scientific studies have said just that. This is just the latest study to validate our concerns about Cadiz’s proposal.
“In fact, this study confirms a previous independent scientific analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service that found the natural recharge rate is only 2,000 to 10,000 acre-feet per year, well below the 50,000 acre-feet that Cadiz wants to withdraw each year.
“Water is the lifeblood of the desert, sustaining beautiful wildflower blooms, iconic Joshua trees, and protected species like the desert tortoise and bighorn sheep. By draining important aquifers that feed desert springs, including the nearby Bonanza Spring, Cadiz would irreparably damage everything that makes the Mojave Desert special. No amount of private profit is worth losing this treasured place.”