Supervisors declare drought emergency in SLO County
March 12, 2014
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors declared a county drought emergency Tuesday.
San Luis Obipso became the 17th county in the state to declare a drought emergency. The declaration allows the county to easier shift its use of funds and personnel to address the water shortage.
The supervisors can now fund work projects related to the drought without going through standard budgeting procedures and can reassign personnel to take part in them. By declaring the emergency, the county has also raised its standing for state and federal drought assistance.
Each month, Ron Alsop, county manager of emergency services, must go before the board of supervisors to confirm the drought emergency is continuing.
The drought declaration came one week after Sacramento officials indicated that the county’s proposed water district for the Paso Robles aquifer would not come to fruition as planned.