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Growing support for the Cadiz Water Project
"The concept and design of the Cadiz water project originate from the company's respect for the land and the environment. As a conservation project, it will capture clean drinkable water that otherwise would be lost to evaporation from the nearby Cadiz and Bristol Dry Lakes. The project saves clean drinking water by pumping the groundwater before it can become contaminated by the sodium chloride and calcium chloride under the dry lakes."
-- Joseph S.C. Bonadiman, Ph.D., P.E.
"I find the project to be viable and capable of being implemented and administered without deleterious effects on the environment. The monitoring plan will ensure that any unanticipated effects are detected and dealt with."
-- Dr. Charles Groat, former director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Professor of Geological Sciences and Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Texas at Austin
"I would like to pass on to you my professional judgment that this is a unique project. That it should go forward. It is not going to cause grief or harm. Many of the problems that I have heard articulated are not related to the facts of the matter… I urge you to look very carefully at the science. It is good science."
-- Andrew Stone, hydrogeologist and Executive Director of the American Ground Water Trust
"Having physically worked in the Project site area many times over the past decade, we have physically observed geologic, hydrologic and various testing (pumping and recharge tests), for many years. The project represents best industry practices in groundwater basin management and … will make a new reliable source of water available to Southern California for the next 50 years."
-- Terry Foreman, PG, C.Hg., CH2M HILL & Dennis Williams, Ph.D, PG., C.Hg., GEOSCIENCE
"This project is based on good science. Layne provided five different drilling methods in order to gather the scientific data to support the prolific aquifer characteristics… as a matter of fact, (test well)TW-2 produced 1,500 gallons a minute with no draw down. I have been in this business for over 45 years and have never seen a well with such high production."
-- Bob Ereth, general manager of national business development for Layne Christiansen Company
"We see the Green Compact as a potential model for how the private sector and the environmental community can work together to achieve environmental betterment. This agreement will potentially yield a variety of significant environmental benefits, from wild land preservation to clean energy to the restoration of threatened water systems."
-- Greg Thomas, President, Natural Heritage Institute
"California’s success is dependent on reliable infrastructure and the availability of water supplies." Cadiz is the type of project "the state needs to head back in a workable direction and really show the world how it's done."
-- Ambassador John A. Bohn, former CEO and President of Moody's Investor Service and former Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission
"With the especially arid climate of Southern California, as well as the uncertainty surrounding expanded water transmission out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta (the Delta) and the limited capacity of the Colorado River to serve Southern California further, an environmentally sound, renewable water resource is invaluable to our state. The Cadiz Project could prove to be indispensable to a lasting water supply to Southern California as well as protecting such a valuable resource as the Delta."
-- California State Senator Mimi Walters
"As designed the Cadiz Project captures water that would otherwise become undrinkable and evaporate at desert dry lakes. California's water is too precious to be allowed to be wasted. Every effort must be made to conserve water from evaporation and to put it to the highest beneficial use."
-- Congressman Darryl Issa (R-CA)
"In Southern California especially, all viable water projects that relieve pressure on the Delta and increase local supply and storage opportunities, including the Cadiz Project, are indispensable and should be explored. I have followed the Cadiz Project for some time and appreciate that it has been redesigned to focus on conserving groundwater that is lost to evaporation and provide a safe, sustainable water supply in Southern California, not dependent on the Delta or other existing supplies."
-- Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA)
"Cadiz would make the infrastructure investments, relieving ratepayers of risk and expense thus allowing Santa Margarita Water District, the lead agency on the project, to take up to 5,000 acre-feet a year to supplement current supplies and provide stability against future rate increases while providing water to 10,000 families. This project could be an important improvement to the reliability of South Orange County's water supply."
-- California Assemblymember Diane Harkey
"As Mayor I recognize that water supplies will be an integral part of the southern California economy for the foreseeable future. In addition to supplying valuable drinking water, the Cadiz Project would directly benefit job creation and the economic recovery of our region. As Mayor of Fontana I support the Cadiz Water Conservation and Recovery Project based on the benefits for a positive economic recovery and for regional water supply reliability."
-- Fontana Mayor Aquanetta Warren
"In Southern California especially, all viable water projects that relieve pressure on the Delta and increase local supply and storage opportunities, including the Cadiz Project, are essential and should be pursued. The Cadiz Project would play a significant role in reducing Southern California's dependence on the Delta by providing a safe and sustainable local water supply for approximately 100,000 families in Southern California yearly."
-- Congresswoman Gloria Negrete-McLeod (D-CA) & Congressman Gary Miller (R-CA), Congressman John Campbell (R-CA), Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA), joint statement
"We welcome Cadiz Inc and its commitment to sustainability while improving water reliability in our community. The company is well-regarded as a good neighbor and I have no doubt that the folks at Cadiz will operate in the most responsible manner possible, showing care for both our community and the desert environment while building this much needed project."
-- Former Mayor of Rancho Santa Margarita Jim Thor
"The needs of our local schools are great and state funding is always in jeopardy. The potential Cadiz generated tax revenue could help many improvements to the (Needles Unified School District) NUSD become possible."
-- C. David Renquest, former teacher, principal, and superintendent, Needles Unified School District
"A lot of it is geared toward having an emergency supply available when you need it. That is critical. If we have a big earthquake, there's no groundwater to pump. We're very limited on what we can do."
-- Gary Thompson, former Mayor, Rancho Santa Margarita
"Cadiz has shown themselves to be responsible citizens while running their very large organic farms. Building on a proven record of taking care of the land, this project design shows to be sustainable and environmentally responsible."
-- John Cole, Mayor, City of Twentynine Palms
"I want to express my strong support for the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery, and Storage Project. History and experience have shown us that when it comes to fresh water, we who live in Southern California cannot depend on the local weather."
-- Sherri Butterfield, former Mayor, Mission Viejo
"I applaud the leadership of these Southern California water agencies who are helping address the state's water supply challenges by exploring a path-breaking, new, sustainable groundwater conservation and storage project. This innovative project, utilizing sophisticated water conservation practices, will sustainably recover more than one million acre feet of water that would otherwise be lost to evaporation and make it available to help provide a reliable source of water for Southern California. All Californians who care about our state's economic future and job creation should follow the lead of these water suppliers and examine smart and sustainable ways to conserve every last drop of water."
-- Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
"It is imperative that the region take a long-term view and move forward with local projects that can improve the certainty that sufficient water will be available when and where it is needed… In addition, the Cadiz Project has made a commitment to local vendors and workers, a pledge that will have far reaching direct benefits within San Bernardino County."
-- Paul Granillo, CEO, Inland Empire Economic Partnership
"The Cadiz water project will provide the essential public benefit of greater water supply reliability, and because it will be financed by the private sector, taxpayers will not be asked to absorb the risk. OCTax heartily supports this approach and this project."
-- Reed Royalty, President, Orange County Taxpayers Association
"Responsible regional planning demands that water purveyors actively seek opportunities to provide a safety cushion in the event the Bay Delta or Colorado River deliveries become curtailed or limited in the future. We support the Santa Margarita Water District's efforts to increase the reliability and supply of water in their service area through development of the proposed Cadiz Valley Conservation, Recovery & Storage Project."
-- Steven S. Schuyler, Building Industry Association of Southern California
"The Cadiz Project would site a water conveyance pipeline within a 43-mile portion of the active Arizona and California Railroad Company's rail line from Cadiz to Rice, California… and could make water available for the eventual operation of a tourist steam locomotive along the ARZC line. This operation will create numerous benefits for the rail tourism industry in Southern California and provide a cultural magnet to draw people from across the country to visit the many wonders of San Bernardino County and the eastern Mojave Desert."
-- Paul G. Prine, RPh. President and Business Manager, San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society Inc.
"On behalf of the Inland Empire Chamber Legislative Alliance and the chamber membership of business owners we represent, we support the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation Recovery and Storage Project. Recognizing the benefits to San Bernardino County, and the importance of water in the Southern California region, we encourage our elected officials and public agencies to move forward with the necessary approvals to implement the Project."
-- Darlene Curley, Secretary, Inland Empire Chamber Legislative Alliance
"The Cadiz Project means additional reliability for our customers and businesses in Southern California."
-- Denise Kruger, Senior VP, Golden State Water Company
"The Project's commitment to using local vendors and workers is a very meaningful and unique aspect of this project. No doubt, by building a wellfield and 43 mile pipeline with a capital investment in San Bernardino County of hundreds of millions of dollars, the Cadiz Project would be good for the economy of Fontana and surrounding communities. Please consider our strong support for the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation Recovery and Storage Project as a sustainable opportunity to stabilize the water supply and simultaneously have significant local job and economic benefits."
-- Jan Hudson, Board Chair, Fontana Chamber of Commerce
"Since 2009, when we saw our shipments fall more than 60 percent, recovery has been slow and we are still well below our production capacity. [The Cadiz] project represents a significant amount of business for CSI and its valued steel customers."
-- Vicente Wright, President and CEO, California Steel Industries, Inc.
"Our organization stands in support of the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation Recovery and Storage Project based on its benefits for local water supply reliability and positive economic impact. This project has so many advantages for our area and is worthy of support."
-- Joe Schumacher, (Board Chair) and Michelle Alonzo (CEO), Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce
"...We believe that the Cadiz Project can provide a sustainable new water supply in an environmentally responsible manner. We look forward to Suburban’s participation in the Project, which will offer additional reliability for our customers,"
-- Mike Quinn, President of Suburban Water Systems
"We are very excited to support the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project as an innovative and sustainable investment in water supply reliability for Southern California. This project has many benefits and we believe that it has significant benefits for the local economies in San Bernardino County including the potential impact to Adelanto."
-- Eric Jensen, President, Adelanto Chamber of Commerce
"It makes much more sense to use and conserve water that is found in Southern California whenever possible as an alternative to bringing water from the Delta. The water project at Cadiz would use water that is just going to evaporate and be wasted and instead pump it to meet this need for local water in Southern California. This is smart planning for the future."
-- Jackie Maxwell, President, Willits & Newcomb, Inc.
"In particular we are excited by the potential job creation of the project which has the capacity of creating a number of direct and indirect jobs over a four year period of time. By creating jobs in construction and manufacturing of the pipeline and wellfield, the project will directly benefit the Morongo Basin communities."
-- The Morongo Basin Regional Economic Development Consortium
"The Cadiz Project is a strong example of private investment for public good, and will bring a reliable local Southern California water supply to approximately 400,000 people in the region. Designed to minimize the building footprint and with no long-term impacts to the desert environment, this project represents sustainable design and a tangible and long lasting improvement to the local water supply"
-- Wes May, Engineering Contractors Association
"Our industry is currently suffering from three consecutive years of declining markets and this project represents nearly a full year of production for our employees and our local supplier partners in the Adelanto/Victorville community."
-- Gary Stokes, Sr. Vice President, Northwest Pipe Company
"We've been making pipe for over a hundred years. We would produce pipe for projects like this at our Etiwanda facility in San Bernardino County. In fact, for a project of this type, we would buy all of the steel from California Steel Industries in Fontana in San Bernardino County. And a project of this size would help to employ well over a hundred union workers at our facility for several months."
-- Dennis Shearer, District Sales Manager, NOV Ameron
"The Cadiz Project is the kind of innovative project which will help Orange County and Southern California reassert our position as to where business wants to be. The Chamber enthusiastically supports the Cadiz Valley Water Project."
-- John Whitman, Chair of the Board of Directors of the South Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce
"It's a project designed to conserve water that would otherwise be lost to evaporation or contamination and reduce the energy consumption and cost of transporting that water from nearby San Bernardino County rather than from Northern California and it provides future capacity for storage and of surplus water amassed in what we hope will be wet years. It has all the attributes of a project that would be beneficial to us both regionally and locally."
-- Jim Leach, CEO of the South Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce
"The Needles Chamber of Commerce proudly supports the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation Recovery and Storage Project. With their commitment to our community over the past few years, we know that this project's impact will have many positive effects for generations to come. …This forward thinking project will have significant value to not just our part of Southern California, but possibly all over the world for it forward thinking technology."
-- Jeff Williams, President, Needles Chamber of Commerce
"While we are sensitive to the environmental issues that have been raised regarding the project we are also confident those issues will be addressed and the mitigation will allow the project to move forward putting thousands to work and stimulating an economy that has been in decline for too many years now."
-- Paul Barich, President, Redlands Chamber of Commerce
"Cadiz Inc. has been an active participant in the local community for decades. The Cadiz organic farm has hosted events, donated to local charities, and has been an all- around good neighbor. We have no doubt they will continue to be responsible and show care for the community and the environment while building and operating the project. The project would have major economic benefits in the High Desert area and especially in the community of Twentynine Palms."
-- Maggie Chaffer, President, 29Palms Chamber of Commerce
"The construction phase of the Cadiz Valley Water Project would create a cumulative total of nearly 6,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs over the four years of effort, to tap into San Bernardino County's extensive labor supply... It would also support local manufacturers of materials used in construction of wells, pipelines, and power generation, with a net local four year economic impact of $878 million."
-- Dr. John Husing, Inland Empire Economist
"The Inland Empire's recovery depends on jumpstarting the construction and manufacturing sectors which are our primary economic engines. The Project comes at a time when we need it most and presents a unique opportunity for the County to support local vendors and job creation."
-- Bob Van Valer, President of Roscoe Moss Company
"We are very pleased to partner with Cadiz on their Water Conservation & Storage Project. I haven't seen our people this excited about a project in a long time – the opportunity to add to southern California's resources and create jobs is a rare one, and we look forward to being a part of it."
-- Greg Aluce, President of Layne Christensen's worldwide Water Division