H-PASO ROBLES

Dec 5, 2013 3:14 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Two groups reach agreement on plan to manage Paso Robles Groundwater Basin

Two groups representing agricultural interests and rural residents have reached an agreement on a plan to manage the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin.

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

The Paso Robles Agricultural Alliance for Groundwater Solutions, or PRAAGS, and PRO Water Equity say the proposed plan creates a water district that would be governed by locals, have the ability to obtain supplemental water, and could implement water management through an AB 3030 management plan.

The water district would include a seven member board. Two directors would be elected by large landowners, two would be elected by small and medium-sized landowners, and three would be elected by a popular vote of residents living within the district.

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

Both PRAAGS and PRO Water Equity are planning community meetings to further describe the plan and get public input. PRAAGS is hosting an open house meeting Thursday at the Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

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