Debbie Cook: Time for the Cadiz Project to Evaporate – Speak out at July 25 public hearing

Debbie Cook: Time for the Cadiz Project to Evaporate – Speak out at July 25 public hearing

By Debbie Cook
Special to the Surf City Voice

Things are heating up in the fight to stop the misnamed Cadiz Valley Water Conservation Project—cultivated in secret backroom meetings held by corporate water brokers and public water officials—that we are told conserves water that would otherwise evaporate by sucking it from a desert aquifer under the delicate Mojave Desert and transporting it 200 miles to Orange County to water the lawns of future urban sprawl.

The growing allegations of Cadiz-related conflicts, incestuous political relationships, and self-dealing had reached a peak last month when Santa Margarita Water District’s chief champion, John Schatz, abruptly retired from his lucrative job there as General Manager/General Counsel.

John Schatz

John Schatz. Photo: Surf City Voice

Schatz even cancelled his last scheduled regular board meeting after learning that a group of desert residents planned to attend.

And just when the going got rough, Schatz jettisoned before the public could let loose on him at a final public hearing to be held Wednesday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Norman P Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA.

But what a mess he left in his dust.

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