Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/29/2012 06:19:40 PM PDT

Environmental and groundwater management plans for a controversial pipeline project that would siphon roughly 2.5 million acre-feet of groundwater from High Desert aquifers over 50 years is to go before the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Monday.

Cadiz Inc. and the Santa Margarita Water District, based in Rancho Santa Margarita in south Orange County, propose to build a 43-mile pipeline that would divert surplus groundwater from the Fenner Valley, about 40 miles northeast of Twentynine Palms and south of the Mojave National Preserve, to the Colorado River Aqueduct over a 50-year period.

The stored groundwater would then be sold to other water agencies for municipal and industrial use.

The project has already triggered two lawsuits.

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