Voters and property owners to get say in formation of Paso Robles groundwater basin

Sep 17, 2015

A series of votes are set to take place early next year on details of forming a management district for the Paso Robles groundwater basin. 

A map of the proposed Paso Robles Groundwater Basin
Credit pasobasin.org - San Luis Obispo County

Landowners will get a chance to cast their ballots on whether to form a management district. While, registered voters in the area will get a voice in deciding on whether to pay for it.

If approved, the district would be responsible for stabilizing water levels in the basin to comply with new state laws.

The debate over whether and how to form a district has been going on for a couple of years now. It picked up steam when Governor Brown signed Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian's groundwater bill into law in September of last year.

San Luis Obispo County's Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) voted 6-1 Thursday afternoon in favor of an election.

It will be conducted by mail in February and early March.