Letter: Clarifying confusion around water district election
To the editor,
RE: Yesterday’s opinion letter regarding water district election
The published letter from Supervisors Arnold and Compton regarding the 2453 Water District election was an errant reprint from March of last year. There is a current vote underway for an opt in Estrella- El Pomar-Creston District (EPC) but the voting period does not end until Tuesday of next week. No counting of ballots has taken place yet per the County Clerk’s office. A totally new effort, It has nothing to do with AB2453 and only impacts those who choose to join the new district.
The new district is being created primarily by agricultural landowners as was one of the options actually mentioned in the letter from a year ago. Shandon created such a district earlier this year and is becoming a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) joining 4 others including the City of Paso Robles, San Miguel, Heritage Ranch and the County for lands within the Paso Robles Basin but not included in the other GSAs.
Our EPC District is working to complete the requirements per the Board of Supervisors and State to also become a GSA. We look forward to positively interacting with the other 5 GSAs as we comply Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requirements which are now state law.
I hope that the retraction and this letter will clarify the EPC district formation status and makes clear the letter pertained to an election that took place over a year ago.
Dana M. Merrill, Chairman
EPC Formation Committee