Stop Water Mining Project From Sucking Mojave Desert Dry

Target: California State Assembly

Goal: Prevent private water development company from pumping groundwater out of the Mojave Desert.

A water development project in the Mojave desert threatens to irreparably damage the already fragile ecosystem of these public lands. More than 10 distinct environmental organizations have come together to oppose the water mining project, disputing claims of sustainability made by the private developing company, Cadiz Inc. For the sake of corporate flourishing, the land and the animals of the Mojave will suffer in an increasingly corroded habitat. Action must be taken to stop such extensive aquatic mining operations in this area.

The proposed project would pump out 50,000 acre-feet per year (that’s over 16 billion gallons of water) for the next fifty years from the desert aquifer. Whether these are generous or conservative estimates, the fact remains that no regulation or statute puts an upper limit on the output capacity of this endeavor. Given the freedom to choose between boosting the annual bottom line or setting environmentally conscientious limits, which do you think Cadiz Inc. would choose? If history tells us anything, they should not be given the power to “choose.”

Hazy or nonexistent limiting measures would only exacerbate the environmental impact caused by the water mining operations in the first place. Since no genuine pre-project research has been conducted (nor is it planned), the dewatering effect on nearby seeps and springs remains unidentified and unknown. These irreplaceable water sources are at extreme risk to run completely dry leaving countless wildlife, including the desert tortoise, bighorn sheep, badger, desert kit fox, golden eagle and more, without necessary sources of water.

All efforts to rush forward with this short-sighted plan must stop before the ecological future of the Mojave is subjected to the ambitions of money-driven enterprise. Sign this petition and call for immediate cessation of the Cadiz desert water mining project.


Dear California State Assembly,

While the Mojave desert doesn’t have the grand allure of Yosemite Valley or State Redwood Park, it is most certainly a valuable environmental, ecological and geographical location within California. Furthermore, and most importantly, it is home to numerous wildlife species which depend upon the very few water sources available. These water sources stand to be severely depleted, even completely dried up, if the water project proposed by Cadiz, Inc. is allowed to proceed.

Not only would vast amounts of groundwater be sucked out of the desert, but it would be done without a clear understanding of the dewatering effects on nearby seeps and springs. Without these water sources, the land will become devoid of already scarce supplies of water, and subsequently devoid of the animal species that depend on them. This would be an atrocious repercussion of short-sighted development plans designed to exploit the earth at minimal economic cost for maximum economic gain.

I urge you to hold Cadiz Inc. to the highest environmental standards and prohibit any water development of the Mojave without proper regulation and prior, thorough investigation of environmental effects. Stop the Cadiz desert water mining project before it’s too late to repair the ecological damage.


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One Comment

  1. WoooHooo! Why should this earth’s natural resources be open house for anyone with enough money, who’s only purpose is to make more money. Some things are just not right.

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