Cadiz says bills like SB 307 will make solutions to issues 'tougher to achieve'
Cadiz announced that the California State Assembly considered and passed Senate Bill 307, a measure designed to require additional state review of the Cadiz Water Project. The legislation will now move to the California Governor's Office for consideration. California Governor Gavin Newsom has 12 days to either sign the measure or veto it. The Company issued the following statement: "As our Governor has repeatedly emphasized, California continues to suffer from chronic water supply and affordable housing shortages. These problems are not unrelated. Solutions to these two critical problems depend on infrastructure improvements that are opposed at every turn. Bills like SB 307 will make solutions even tougher to achieve. An earlier version of the Cadiz Water Project was approved by the United States Department of the Interior in 2002. A revised Project underwent a decade of additional study, peer review, state environmental impact evaluation, a separate approval by San Bernardino County and was repeatedly validated by the California Courts. SB 307 is based on the false premise that the federal government never reviewed the Project and that CEQA, the County and the Courts were not fair and independent reviewers...Should the bill be enacted however, Cadiz will embrace a fair, open, transparent review of science. We are abundantly confident the Project is safe and sustainable. We have committed to 50 years of ongoing public scrutiny of the Project and agreed to the County's ongoing review and control of operations. We are also supportive of the announced efforts of Three Valleys Municipal Water District to initiate an inclusive study plan over coming months to further study mountain springs in the Project area. Any application for the finding required by SB 307 as a precondition to wheeling water through the Colorado River Aqueduct will be accompanied by clear and unequivocal data and reports that can withstand critical scrutiny. We will continue to go about our business of efficiently and sustainably farming our land, acting as responsible private stewards of a public resource. The Project will be lawfully progressed under all federal, state and local regulations. "