The Atascadero City Council voted 3-1 this week to oppose including properties overlying the Atascadero groundwater sub-basin within the boundaries of a proposed management district for the Paso Robles groundwater basin.
Councilwoman Roberta Fonzi dissented.
The proposed district would help manage resources to deal with the crisis in the Paso Robles basin, where significant drops in aquifer levels have caused some wells to go dry in recent years.
Two North County groups are preparing to petition San Luis Obispo County's Local Agency Formation Commission to begin the process of forming the district, and state Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian has introduced a bill in the California Legislature to create a district specifically tailored for the area.
Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley said, “Given there is such a lot of noise out there with a lot of folks talking about this issue, I think it is important for the City Council and the water board of our community to be aligned and agree on whatever we are going to support.”