Pump storage projects that use water to store and generate electricity have a place in our transition to clean energy. However, those projects must be well sited.
The Eagle Crest Pumped Storage Project is definitely NOT well sited and will create profound environmental impacts. The project is located in the desert right outside Joshua Tree National Park and proposes to draw water from an aquifer that serves the park’s natural features.
The National Park Service concluded that the Eagle Crest Project “would cause damaging overdraft conditions” by pumping thousands of acre feet of water from an already over-drafted aquifer.
The project’s long-term over-drafting of the aquifer would impact groundwater-dependent ecosystems and regional springs that sustain protected wildlife.
Senate Bill 772 has been introduced solely to breathe life into the Eagle Crest Project.
SB 772 has passed its policy committee and now sits in the Senate Appropriations Committee. But you can help kill this bill now. Your senator has the power to stop this destructive bill.
Send a message to your senator and urge them to stop SB 772 from moving forward.
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