Southern California's Joshua Tree National Park is home to an incredible cast of rare plants and animals with desert-dwelling superpowers. But the area's precious groundwater, which makes life possible, is at serious risk.
The park and surrounding public lands are threatened by a massive drawdown of ancient groundwater by the Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Project. Developers plan to siphon more than 9 billion gallons from the aquifer for storage in open-air reservoirs formed from old mine pits. The idea is to produce electricity when the water runs from the higher pit into the lower pit, but the reality is that the plan will use even more energy to pump the water back upward.
The loss of water to evaporation would also be significant, and the groundwater loss will add to stresses from climate change and drought.
We still have a chance of stopping this project. Developers need a right-of-way permit to build a water pipeline and electric transmission line on Bureau of Land Management lands. Join us in urging the agency to reject this permit and defend the desert's most precious resource.
November 2, 2016 Action Alert ID# 444
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