News media have reported that federal authorization has been granted for the "Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project" (Cadiz Water Project), a Mojave-Desert-to-Orange-County water transmission plan. However, the California Lands Commission insists there must be a process of review and permission because of state lands crossed by the proposed pipeline. MBCA and many desert supporters believe the project is based on unrealistic projections about the recovery of water in the desert aquifer, and that desert lands including special places in the Mojave Trails National Monument will be adversely affected. News items explaining the situation can be found in the Los Angeles Times, the San Bernardino Sun, the Desert Sun, and on local radio KCDZ's website. You can view previous stories and links about Cadiz on our Water Issues page.
The October meeting of the Mojave Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) features speaker Judy Perkins, who works with the state BLM Office. Her presentation may be of interest to desert gardeners who propagate native seeds: The Mojave Desert Native Plant Program: Implementing the National Seed Strategy for Native Plant Restoration. (Click the title for a lot more detail on the topic.)
MBCA encourages Morongo Basin residents to attend the Public Scoping Meeting for the San Bernardino Countywide Plan Environmental Impact Report on Thursday morning, October 26. The teleconference facility at the Bob Burke Government Center in Joshua Tree provides the ability to participate locally in the public comment process, or can attend at the Government Center in San Bernardino. Read this overview and explanation of the Plan and the EIR process to prepare. Beginning on the 5th page of the document (they aren't numbered), you'll find charts and maps regarding land use and growth in newly designated county regions. It appears that the Morongo Basin will now be in a segment labeled the East Desert, differentiated from the North Desert areas north of the San Bernardino Mountains.
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