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Jan 7, 2014 9:44 PM by Pearce Bley, KSBY News

Groups propose governing body for new Paso Robles water district

With the dry air conditions and lack of rainfall on the Central Coast, water conservation is a major concern.

The Paso Robles Agricultural Alliance for Groundwater Solutions (PRAAGS) and PRO Water Equity are looking to create a new water district near the Paso Robles Basin. Both groups feel they've developed a governing body for the district that gives all landowners in the area an equal voice.

The board of directors for the district would consist of nine members. Three would be elected by the residents of Paso Robles while the other six would be elected by landowners in the district.

Two of the six elected by landowners would represent landowners of fewer than 40 acres, two would represent those that own between 40 and 400 acres and two would represent landowners with 400 or more acres of property.

PRAAGS and PRO Water Equity will be working with San Luis Obispo County's Local Agency Formation Commission over the next few months to gain approval. Even if successful, partial control of the basin will remain with the county because of existing state law.

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