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300 locals gather to discuss forming water district 

-New Times SLO reports-

PRAAGS presents its case for a water district

new-times-slo-logoAgriculturalists representing farmers who work above the stressed Paso Robles Groundwater Basin have continued towing the boat they say will take overliers to safety amid concerns over falling well levels.

The Paso Robles Agricultural Alliance for Groundwater Solutions (PRAAGS), led by Dana Merrill of Pomar Junction Winery, presented its goal to form a California Water District to a crowd of roughly 300 people, who filled a large ballroom at the Paso Robles Inn on Nov. 13. Board members of the group—all involved in some aspect of the viticulture industry—presented the details and the process for the district’s formation.

In order for the proposal to move on to the county’s Local Agency Formation Commission for consideration, the petitioners must get signatures from title holders for at least 51 percent of the property within district boundaries.

Dana Merrill

Dana Merrill

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2 Responses to 300 locals gather to discuss forming water district

  1. Mindy

    They don’t actually answer the direct questions and want to control the water based on acreage, not one well one vote

  2. Bee Kat

    Sorry grape growers but it’s kinda “too little, too late.” For years, you’ve planted millions of new plants and thumbed your noses at your neighbors who have had to drill deeper wells because of your excessive water usage. The North County’s arid climate is great for almonds but not grapes. Now there’s a 3 yr drought, the wineries don’t want to slow down and you all of a sudden want to make a water district?! ha ha ha One where the big wineries get to control the water and say $crew you to the smaller property owners!? Forget it!!

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