nhl practice jerseys Bill targeting Cadiz water transfer dies in Senate committee
A pumping station designed to help Cadiz project researchers understand how quickly water seeps into the earth, migrate to the subterranean lakes. The Cadiz project hopes to pump water that would otherwise evaporate from their unique Mojave Desert site and make it available for municipal use and agriculture. Picture made at the Cadiz project site in the Mojave Desert on Monday, June 1, 2015.
Supported by Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and numerous environmental groups, AB 1000 targeted the Cadiz project that would transfer groundwater in the remote eastern San Bernardino County desert to parts of Orange County and other locations where it could serve as many as 400,000 people. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D Calif., said in a statement.
desert is one of California greatest treasures, and it incumbent upon the legislature to resist efforts by the Trump administration to harm it. was the deadline for the legislation to move out of the appropriations committee.
The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D Glendale, would have prohibited the transfer of groundwater for a vast part of the eastern Mojave desert unless the State Lands Commission, in consultation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, that the transfer of the water will not adversely affect the natural or cultural resources, including groundwater resources or habitat, of those federal and state lands. Mojave Water District, which was included in AB 1000 original geographic description requiring this review, asked Friedman staff to have the boundary redefined so it would be excluded from AB 1000, and that request was granted, said Jim Metropulos, Friedman legislative director.
The Mojave Water Agency felt that the requirement for the review by two state agencies would impede its ability to conduct water transfers, said Yvonne Hester, spokeswoman for the water wholesaler, which serves 4,900 square miles of San Bernardino County, including Barstow, Lucerne Valley, Victor Valley and Yucca Valley.
State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D Bell Gardens, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee,
said the bill failed to advance because there already is a process in place for such projects to be reviewed.
has the highest environmental review standards in the country, and this particular project has gone through significant consideration and CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) litigation. That process should be allowed to play out, Lara said.
an exception for one particular case will create precedent for the Legislature to block other controversial projects, he added.
Los Angeles based Cadiz issued a statement praising the bill demise.
bill was widely opposed by more than 70 local, state and national organizations, including labor unions, local government groups, chambers, cities, and water agencies, because it was bad policy that would have created new uncertainty for any infrastructure improvement in California, jeopardizing affordable, reliable services for all communities, the company statement said.
David Lamfrom, California Desert Director of the National Parks Conservation Association, blasted Senate leaders. He singled out Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Le D Los Angeles.
has been a leading voice in resisting harmful actions by the Trump Administration, but has decided to sit by idly while the Trump backed Cadiz project is deregulated and fast tracked, despite known issues with bad science and environmental harm, Lamfrom said. Although we do not pre screen comments, we reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation,
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