Water & Drought

Local

Marijuana farms tap into Carrizo Plain’s scarce water — and SLO County is worried

Concerns about water use by cannabis growers is one reason San Luis Obispo County is considering a ban on marijuana farms in California Valley.

Local

Paso Robles City Council creates groundwater management agency

Paso Robles City Council members voted Tuesday to form a groundwater sustainability agency that will be accountable for managing basin water within the city’s jurisdiction. The agency was created in response to the state Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which requires management of basins in overdraft.

Water & Drought

Pismo building moratorium continues despite improved water supply

The Pismo Beach City Council considered deactivating its Tier 1, drought-related building restrictions because increases in state water deliveries have increased the city’s total water supply to above its moratorium trigger level, but it ultimately decided against dropping the current restrictions because of the questionable health of Lopez Lake and the Santa Maria groundwater basin.

Videos

This is how dry Lopez Lake has gotten this summer

Take a look around Lopez Lake, and it's clear why the boat launch ramp was closed. As of Monday, July 25, 2016, the Arroyo Grande lake was 26.5 percent full.
David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com
This is how dry Lopez Lake has gotten this summer 0:29

This is how dry Lopez Lake has gotten this summer

How Paso Robles' groundwater shortage affects a local family 1:17

How Paso Robles' groundwater shortage affects a local family

Californians conserve water at lowest rate since mandatory cutbacks began last year 1:26

Californians conserve water at lowest rate since mandatory cutbacks began last year

What's next for Arroyo Grande if the drought continues? 1:02

What's next for Arroyo Grande if the drought continues?