Center for     Biological     Diversity   

Stop Mojave Desert Water Grab

Peninsular bighorn sheep

The Cadiz Valley aquifer is an ancient groundwater basin in the heart of the Mojave Desert. It supplies water to springs and seeps in the Mojave Trails National Monument and Mojave National Preserve, sustaining wildlife including imperiled desert tortoises and bighorn sheep.

Now the Cadiz Corporation wants to pump water from the aquifer to sell for a profit to municipalities along the Southern California coast. How much water is at stake? About 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year -- for the next 50 years. This dewatering will devastate a wide area of the Mojave, already struggling with climate change-induced drought.

Cadiz Corporation is claiming that due to the location of the project, no federal environmental review for their project is needed. Hogwash.

Please take a moment right now to tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and officials at the Bureau of Land Management to require a full, transparent environmental review of the Cadiz water project.

Please take action by Aug. 7, 2017.

Photo of bighorn sheep by Steve Elkins.

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