Articles Tagged With ‘Water’

Will the Paso Robles Council impose a water moratorium?

The Paso Robles City Council will consider imposing a temporary moratorium on private water well drilling on Tuesday. Because of low rainfall and increased demands, the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin water levels have been dropping. About 1,000 acres in the... (Continue reading)

Brown’s drought emergency significant to farmers

Gov. Jerry Brown is slated to declare a drought emergency today which could lead to the reallocation of water from seasonal crops to permanent crops. [CNBC] Brown’s declaration means that crops such as avocado trees would have priority over crops... (Continue reading)

2013, driest year on record

The driest year in recorded history has left wells dried up, golden hillsides and distressed wildlife during the typically lush rainy season. In San Luis Obispo, the city received only 4.5 inches of water in 2013, with average yearly rainfall... (Continue reading)

Court-supervised groundwater management

OPINION By CINDY STEINBECK “Management” of the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin is a hot topic. Our groundwater basin will be managed. The question and struggle is about who will manage and what rules will apply. California law offers fundamentally different... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles landowners need to protect their water rights

OPINION By CINDY STEINBECK Water is California’s gold. Groundwater basins are a battle ground where landowners must protect their water rights from modern-day claim-jumpers who include well-financed entrepreneurs seeking to sell or export our water. Where does that leave landowners?... (Continue reading)

Water conservation does not work

OPINION By GARY KIRKLAND A water company is comparable to an oil company. Both companies provide vital liquids. An oil company can and does go half way around the world, dig the petroleum out of the ground, ship it to... (Continue reading)

Common sense use of water resouces

OPINION By CAROLEE KRIEGER My name is Carolee Krieger and I represent the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN, online at We are a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to common sense use of California’s scant water resources. We provide context... (Continue reading)

Two lawsuits challenge Paso Roble water ordinance

Two lawsuits seeking to have the Paso Robles water moratorium ordinance overturned were filed against San Luis Obispo County on Monday. On Oct. 8, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors extended its urgency ordinance that restricts water use... (Continue reading)

A California water district: the best approach to manage our water crisis

OPINION By PRAGG PRESIDENT JERRY REAUGH PRAAGS supported, and still supports, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors’ decision to pass the urgency ordinance (UO) covering the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin, enacted on August 27. But the ordinance is... (Continue reading)

Gibson plants 500 trees while calling for ag moratorium

By KAREN VELIE and JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson planted 500 new citrus trees on his rural Cayucos property several months ago while pushing to impose tough water conservation measures on agriculturalists in the Paso Robles... (Continue reading)