Posts Tagged ‘Paso Robles Groundwater Basin’


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Water district plans colored by subterfuge

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Planning by advocates of a sprawling water district to manage the Paso Robles basin has been cloaked in secrecy and back-room deals to help insure its eventual formation. Legislation carried by Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo)... (Continue reading)

Illegal groundwater ordinance proposed

OPINION By ALLEN DUCKWORTH The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors passed an urgency ordinance in Aug. 2013 to protect the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin from further depletion, however loopholes in that ordinance allowed for even greater vineyard planting... (Continue reading)

Supervisors will extend water moratorium

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A divided San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend an amended water moratorium beyond its August expiration date following several hours of often edgy discussion of the controversial issue. Supervisor Frank Mecham’s motion... (Continue reading)

Proposed groundwater regulations will affect all residents

OPINION By LARRY and SUSAN MCGOURTY If you live in a city in San Luis Obispo County or live in the rural county and grow fruits and vegetables for family and friends and think the permanent water offsets and groundwater... (Continue reading)

Gibson attempted to ax the public from water debate

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson attempted to push forward a vote on a hotly contested water use ordinance during a Feb. 17 poorly attended board of supervisors hearing on planning department priorities. Throughout this month,... (Continue reading)

Hill blasts Mecham; then the two agree on vote

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A week after San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Frank Mecham removed his fellow board member Adam Hill from a leadership position, Hill lashed out at Mecham during a discussion on water use regulations. Despite receiving the verbal... (Continue reading)

Supervisors to let Paso groundwater ordinance expire

On a 3-2 vote with supervisors Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill in the minority, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors chose Tuesday to abandon an ordinance that restricts water use in the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. In 2013,... (Continue reading)

Quiet title action supports constitutional rights

OPINION By ALLEN DUCKWORTH The opinion expressed by Robert Brown in his Nov. 3, article entitled “Basin Adjudication Does Not Solve Our Groundwater Problems” seems to express a bit of desperation. Mr. Brown is correct that both Laurie Gage’s articles... (Continue reading)

Basin adjudication does not solve our groundwater problems

OPINION By ROBERT BROWN Laurie Gage’s fact-based analysis which exposed the fallacy that adjudicated basins are better managed obviously struck a nerve with the litigants who have filed the quiet title lawsuit. While they are oblivious to the fact that... (Continue reading)

Pro-water district opinion full of holes

OPINION By CINDY STEINBECK If you read Ms. Gage’s recent pro AB2453 water district editorial you may have been as bemused as I was. In the opinion piece Ms. Gage argues that adjudication is not an appropriate basin management tool.... (Continue reading)



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