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Water Controversy in the Palm Springs Desert

The city of Los Angeles is weighing in on a proposal to pump groundwater from the desert near Palm Springs.
August 3, 2017, 10am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is opposing a company's proposal to pump groundwater in the Mojave Desert and sell it to Southern California cities," reports Ian James. 

Cadiz, Inc. wants to pump "16.3 billion gallons of groundwater per year on land surrounded by Mojave Trails National Monument about 75 miles northeast of Palm Springs." Environmentalists also oppose the plan.

"The L.A. water utility’s board weighed in against the project on Tuesday, recommending to Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council that they support a bill in the state Legislature requiring California to review the environmental impacts of the proposal," adds James.

An article by Jim Carlton for the Wall Street Journal also picks up on the developing story, though it might be behind a paywall for some readers.

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Published on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in The Desert Sun
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