July 26, 2011 5:29 PM
KRISTINE MCGOWAN, Special to the Daily Press

CADIZ • A massive water delivery and storage system in the works for eastern San Bernardino County is projected to create nearly 6,000 jobs and spur more than $878 million in economic activity.

Roughly halfway between Barstow and Needles, in the tiny unincorporated community of Cadiz, Los Angeles-based renewable resources company Cadiz Inc. plans to drill a series of wells and build a pipeline to the Colorado River Aqueduct. The company also aims to construct an underground storage system that will allow the agricultural community to conserve groundwater that would otherwise evaporate, bolstering the local water supply.

According to economist John E. Husing, the project’s construction phase alone would generate nearly 6,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs, drawing from San Bernardino County’s broad labor supply and providing job opportunities for those in the High Desert.

Gary Stokes with Northwest Pipe Company in Adelanto said in a statement that the project would provide nearly a full year of production for his employees and local supply partners.

With time, Cadiz’s project should also increase annual tax revenue to the county by $5.4 million. And as the project’s vendors and workers spend their earnings locally, Husing predicted additional employment opportunities would be generated in surrounding communities, creating a cumulative total of more than $878 million in new economic activity.

The project is still in the environmental review and permitting phase, according to Courtney Degener, vice president of Investor Relations at Cadiz Inc.

For more information, visit www.CadizInc.com.

Kristine McGowan is a Daily Press intern.

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