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Here’s how Lake Nacimiento and other local reservoirs are doing after storms

San Luis Obispo County’s reservoirs have seen an uptick following a series of recent storms. Here’s a look at how the following reservoirs are doing as of Thursday, February 23, 2017, according to the San Luis Obispo County Public Works Department.

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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.

Water & Drought

Paso Robles water district vote will have profound impact on North County

The future of the troubled Paso Robles groundwater basin will soon be shaped by residents and property owners in a crucial series of ballot measures that will arrive in their mailboxes next month. At stake is the ability of rural residents to stay in their homes and for North County’s economically vital wine industry to sustain itself. Hundreds of rural homeowners dependent on wells for their water have watched levels in those wells drop precipitously. Irrigated agriculture, which uses nearly 70 percent of the groundwater pumped out of the basin, also is threatened. Eighty percent of irrigated agriculture in the basin consists of wine grapes.

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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?