H-PASO ROBLES

Jan 6, 2014 2:58 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Groups looking to manage groundwater reveal plan to create board of directors

Two groups looking to create a water district to manage the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin announced Monday a plan to create a nine-member board of directors.

The basin is currently under an emergency ordinance, put in place by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, restricting the planting of new crops in order to protect the diminishing water supply.

In December, PRO Water Equity and PRAAGS, which represent rural residents and agricultural interests respectively, announced they had reached an agreement on a basic governance structure. Since then, the groups have refined that plan.

Representatives say the board of directors would be made up of six members elected by landowners based on acreage. Two of those directors would represent landowners with fewer than 40 acres, two would represent those with land between 40 and 399 acres, and two would represent those owning 400 acres or more.

The remaining three board members would be elected by a popular vote of residents.

Creation of the water district still must go through processes created by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), which include a petition and vote by landowners.

PRAAGS and PRO Water Equity are holding their first joint public meeting on Tuesday, January 7 at 10:00 a.m. at Pear Valley Winery, 4900 Union Road, Paso Robles.

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