Supervisors eye water basin control
March 19, 2014
In a professed attempt to better manage water resources in the North County, supervisors Tuesday voted 4-1 to approve a resolution increasing its authority over use of the Paso Robles aquifer.
Supervisor Debbie Arnold cast the lone vote against the resolution, saying her fellow supervisors did not yet have the information needed to make productive management decisions. Arnold said the existing plan should be given time to work, and noted that some areas of the water basin are more threatened by overuse than are others.
Paavo Ogren, the county’s public works director, said the current water plan is restricted in the areas of funding and enforcement of pumping limits.
Ogren said the county’s efforts would not adversely affect formation of a water district in the North County.