Today Cadiz Inc. (NASDAQ: CDZI) ("the Company") posted on its website a new video about the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project, which the Company is developing in partnership with five Southern California water providers. Featuring Project participants and technical experts, the video provides an introduction to the Project and an overview of its current status. The video can be viewed at the following links: http://www.cadizinc.com/water-project-video and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeBmDBTAFnU.
Last year, following the release of new scientific findings about the water resources at the Project area, the Company produced a video describing the extent of the area’s water resources and the science behind the Project. This video can be viewed at the following link: http://www.cadizinc.com/pureproofvideo.
About the Project
The Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project is designed to capture and conserve thousands of acre-feet of native groundwater currently being lost to evaporation through an aquifer system beneath the Company’s property in eastern San Bernardino County, California. By implementing established groundwater management practices, the Project proposes to create a sustainable annual water supply for Project participants. In addition, the Project offers storage capacity that can be used by participants to carry-over – or “bank” – annual supplies, without the high rates of evaporative loss suffered by local surface reservoirs. Project facilities would be built on Cadiz property and other privately-owned land in the area.A Groundwater Stewardship Committee comprised of leading hydrology, geology, and environmental experts will oversee the Project’s operating and monitoring program to ensure the environmental sustainability of the Project and safeguard nearby federal lands and pristine desert. The Project is currently in a CEQA environmental review and permitting phase led by Santa Margarita Water District (“SMWD”). A Notice of Preparation (“NOP”) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (“DEIR”) formally commencing the public portion of the CEQA process was issued in February 2011 by SMWD. Preparation of the DEIR is ongoing and the document is expected to be released in the coming months.