An innovative, new sustainable water source for Southern California, the Cadiz Water Project is a public-private partnership between Cadiz Inc. and the Santa Margarita Water District, Orange County’s second-largest water agency. The project will prevent the annual loss of groundwater to evaporation in the eastern Mojave Desert and create a new water supply – enough for 100,000 families a year – and a groundwater bank for Southern California water providers.
The Project will be located at the base of a significant desert watershed in Cadiz, approximately 80 miles from Barstow, California. Rain and snow that fall in the watershed’s upper elevations percolate below the ground and filter through cracks in bedrock and porous alluvial to enter a huge underground aquifer, which holds as much water as Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir. Over time, the groundwater eventually flows to highly saline playas or “dry lakes” at the bottom of the watershed, where it evaporates and is lost.
By constructing and operating a wellfield on private property owned by Cadiz, the Cadiz Water Project will recover an annual average of 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater before it evaporates, so that it can be put to beneficial use each year for 50 years. A pipeline will be constructed within an active railroad right-of-way from the Project area to the Colorado River Aqueduct, which will carry it to Southern California water users.
The Project will be governed by a comprehensive groundwater management program that will be enforced by the County of San Bernardino. Over the course of the project’s 50-year life, approximately 5 percent of the aquifer’s water will be pumped, and water levels cannot fall more than 80 feet below the water table. The Project’s open, transparent regulatory review resulted in separate and independent approvals under the California Environmental Quality Act and the San Bernardino County Desert Groundwater Ordinance. Both approvals were upheld against six separate legal challenges in Orange County Superior Court in 2014.
The Cadiz Water Project is the most shovel-ready, environmentally benign new water project in drought-prone California. Once construction begins, the Water Project will generate nearly a billion dollars of economic stimulus, employ thousands of people and provide more than a billion dollars in water quality and water supply reliability benefits to portions of six Southern California counties, all without public subsidies of any kind.
As previously reported, in October 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a non-binding guidance letter (October guidance) opining that the Cadiz Water Project’s proposed use of a railroad right-of-way for its water pipeline did not originate from a railroad purpose and would therefore be considered outside the scope of the original railroadRead More
Journal of Water By Dr. Rod Smith June 30, 2016 On May 10, the Fourth Appellate District in California’s Court of Appeal affirmed all six decisions by an Orange County Superior Court validating the environmental approvals for the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery & Storage Project. “We are extremely grateful for the Appellate Court opinionRead More
Bill includes Language Addressing Scope of Railroad Right-of-way over federal lands On July 14, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill (H.R.5538), which includes annual funding for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Forest Service, and various related agencies, including theRead More
NO REVIEW FORTHCOMING FROM CALIFORNIA STATE SUPREME COURT PROJECT FULLY CERTIFIED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT LOS ANGELES, CA – Cadiz Inc. [NASDAQ:CDZI] (“Cadiz”, the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the available time period for further review of administrative decisions and judicial opinions validating the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery & StorageRead More
For the first time, last week, the United States House Committee on Appropriations has included language in the Interior, Environment & Related Agencies Appropriations Bill that would clarify the scope of railroad rights-of-way. In October 2015, the Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Office issued aRead More
On May 10, a California Court of Appeal upheld an earlier Superior Court dismissal of litigation challenging the Cadiz Water Project. The Cadiz, Inc. plan to conserve water that’s currently evaporating in the Mojave Desert would deliver new water to our communities in south Orange County as well as five other Southern California counties. AfterRead More
Feinstein off the mark Letter to the Editor, Desert Sun In response to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s comments in Ian James’ recent article: “Plan to pump water from Mojave survives court challenges,” it must be clearly stated, the Cadiz Water Project has not “bypassed” federal environmental review. There is no federal permitting nexus. Co-locating infrastructure inRead More
California Court Upholds Cadiz Water Project in Mojave Desert California Water News Daily, staff writer The California 4th District Court of Appeal ruled earlier this week in favor of upholding six lower court decisions validating the Cadiz Water Project’s proposal to deliver an average of 50,000 acre feet of conserved, renewable desert groundwater to communities throughoutRead More
By Elliot Spagat Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California appeals court on Tuesday upheld plans for a large transfer of Mojave Desert groundwater to homes and businesses in Southern California. The ruling by a three-judge panel in Santa Ana moves urban districts a step closer to getting up to 75,000 acre feet ofRead More
By Jim Steinberg, The Sun Cadiz Inc. won a decisive courtroom victory Tuesday for its plans to transfer ancient groundwater in a remote part of San Bernardino County’s Mojave Desert to parts of Orange County and other locations. California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana upheld six lower court decisions dealing with various governmentalRead More
3-Judge Panel Unanimously Affirms all 6 Rulings of the Lower Court LOS ANGELES, CA – Today Cadiz Inc. [NASDAQ:CDZI] (“Cadiz”, the “Company”) is pleased to report that this morning the California Court of Appeals has issued a ruling affirming Orange County Superior Court’s six judgements validating the approvals for the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, RecoveryRead More
April 26, 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) (via GlobeNewswire) – Cadiz Inc. (the “Company”, NASDAQ: CDZI) announced today that it has entered into convertible note purchase agreements with new and existing investors (“Investors”) in a private placement offering pursuant to which the Company will issue $10 million in aggregate principal and accrued interest of its March 2020 convertibleRead More
The Obama administration and Dianne Feinstein keep blocking a private project to aid the still-parched state. April 8, 2016 Wall Street Journal By ALLYSIA FINLEY Although El Niño has increased the snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas, the Golden State’s historic drought isn’t over. Yet the Obama administration has decided to block a privatelyRead More
March 31, 2016 OC Register/ Riverside Press Enterprise A recent statewide public opinion survey found that Californians rank water supply and the drought as top concerns facing the state – above the economy, education, immigration and every other issue. We’ve responded by removing lawns and taking shorter showers – even praying for a robust ElRead More
On March 23, 2016 oral argument was held in the six appeals of the 2014 trial court decisions upholding the environmental review and approval of the Cadiz Water Project. A three judge panel of the California Court of Appeals, Fourth District heard the oral argument by the parties. A final ruling by the panel isRead More
Investments by New Agricultural Partners Will Advance Water Supply Infrastructure Development for Irrigated Acreage and Cadiz Water Project Initial $12 Million Payment Enables Extension and Reduction of Company’s Mortgage Debt (Los Angeles, CA) (via GlobeNewswire) – Cadiz Inc. (the “Company”, NASDAQ: CDZI) announced today that it has completed arrangements with agricultural partner Fenner Valley Farms,Read More
It has been reported recently that President Obama may soon exercise his powers under the 110 year-old Antiquities Act to designate National Monuments in the Southern California Desert at the urging of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Included in the proposal is the Mojave Trails National Monument, which will cover nearly 1 million acres of the eastern Mojave DesertRead More
By California Water News Daily on January 15, 2016 Before leaving Washington for Christmas break, nine Members of Congress sent a letter to Neil Kornze, the Director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), encouraging him to reconsider the agency’s recent guidance regarding the Cadiz Water Project. On October 2nd, 2015, the California Office of the BLMRead More
1.6.16 – On December 21, 2015, nine Congressional representatives from California joined in a written request for reconsideration of the US Bureau of Land Management’s (“BLM”) October 2015 preliminary Cadiz Water Project guidance, which rejected the Project’s proposed use of an existing railroad right-of-way for its conveyance pipeline. The written request, which characterizes the guidanceRead More
Agreements Extend Maturity of Existing Convertible Debt to March 2020 and Gains Right to Extend First Mortgage to June 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) (via GlobeNewswire) – Cadiz Inc. (NASDAQ: CDZI) (“Cadiz”, “the Company”) is pleased to announce today that it has entered into an agreement with its senior lenders, including MSD Credit Opportunity Master Fund, L.P., (“SeniorRead More
11.5.15 – On November 3, 2015, the Board of the Otay Water District, a publicly-owned water, recycled water and sewer service provider in southeastern San Diego County, California, voted to authorize its general manager to enter into a Letter of Intent with Cadiz Inc. to purchase 5,000 acre-feet of water per year from the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation,Read More
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October 2015 Water Project Status Update Cadiz Inc. 10.16.15 — Following the United States Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) issuance of a guidance determination that a water pipeline for human consumption was not within the scope of the Arizona & California Railroad right-of-way, the Company is undertaking the following actions. Obtaining further clarification on BLM’sRead More
Los Angeles, CA (BusinessWire) — Cadiz Inc. (NASDAQ: CDZI) (“Cadiz”, the “Company”) announced today that it has indirectly received a copy of correspondence dated October 2, 2015 addressed to the Company from the California State Director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) related to the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project’sRead More
Los Angeles, September 8, 2015 (GlobeNewswire) – Cadiz Inc. (NASDAQ: CDZI), a California land and water resources development company, is pleased to announce that Scott Slater, the Company’s President and CEO, will make a presentation tomorrow at the 17th Annual Rodman & Renshaw Global Investment Conference being held at the St. Regis Hotel in NewRead More
NGOs, local government groups, labor, construction trades and water agencies apply to file amicus “friends of the court” briefs with the California Court of Appeals in support of project’s trial court victory 08.31.15. Los Angeles, CA (GlobeNewswire) – Today Cadiz Inc. (NASDAQ: CDZI) is pleased to announce that the Cadiz Valley Water, Conservation, Recovery &Read More
8.6.15 – LOS ANGELES, CA (BusinessWire) – Southern California land and water resources development company Cadiz Inc. (NASDAQ: CDZI) (“Cadiz”, the “Company”) announced today that it has received several new endorsements from local elected officials in support of the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery & Storage Project (“Cadiz Water Project”). The Cadiz Water Project isRead More
Los Angeles, CA (Business Wire) – Today, Southern California land and water resources development company Cadiz Inc. (NASDAQ: CDZI) (“Cadiz”, the “Company”), water treatment company ATEC Systems Associates, Inc. (“ATEC”) and international engineering firm CH2M (“CH2M”) announced the execution of a strategic alliance agreement for the expanded use of an innovative California Division of DrinkingRead More
(Business Wire) Los Angeles, CA – Today Cadiz Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of a new report prepared by Southern California economic consulting firm Stratecon Inc. that comprehensively analyzes the probability of capacity in the Colorado River Aqueduct (CRA) to convey water made available by the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation Recovery & Storage Project (Cadiz WaterRead More
(Business Wire) Los Angeles, CA – The ARZC operates a shortline railroad that originates in Cadiz, California and runs to Matthie, Arizona near Phoenix. Due to the remote nature of sections of the ARZC route, the railroad desires cost-effective and routine access to power for its operations, including potential transloading at a siding location inRead More
(Business Wire) Los Angeles, CA – Cadiz Inc. (NASDAQ: CDZI), a California land and water resources development company, is pleased to announce that it has posted a new letter from United States Representative Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) in support of the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery & Storage Project (“Cadiz Water Project”) to its website at http://cadizinc.com/projectsupport/ .Read More
(Business Wire) Los Angeles, CA – Today Cadiz Inc. [NASDAQ:CDZI] (“Cadiz”, the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Los Angeles County Business Federation (“BizFed”), a grassroots alliance of more than 135 local business groups, voted at its May 19, 2015 Board meeting to support the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project (“CadizRead More