Illegal groundwater ordinance proposed
March 4, 2015
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 and water usage.
That temporary ordinance cannot legally extend beyond the two year maximum and can only be replaced by a permanent ordinance. In spite of major opposition from county residents, three of our county supervisors have asked the county staff to prepare an ordinance with the same wording as the original temporary ordinance and include a sunset clause. That makes it another temporary ordinance or an extension of the existing ordinance.
Either way, it violates California law.
Supervisor Frank Mecham seems to be working on his own agenda to protect the city of Paso Robles and their right to pump as much water as they like no matter how it affects the surrounding community.
Frank has been ignoring the majority of his District 1 constituents. He needs to be communicating with the people of his district and working with District 5 Supervisor Debbie Arnold to come up with a better proposal that is equitable, legal and serves the best interest of the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin.
Allen Duckworth is a small landowner dependent on the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin to provide domestic water for his family.