North County group PRAAGS supports water district bill

The North County water group Paso Robles Agricultural Alliance for Groundwater Solutions has joined the chorus of groups and agencies urging approval of a bill in the Legislature that would allow the formation of a management district for the Paso Robles groundwater basin.

PRAAGS sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors late Tuesday urging it to support AB 2453 by Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo. The bill would allow the formation of a water district with a specialized board of directors consisting of property owners and residents of the basin.

“Local control is essential and only those who live, farm, graze and own land in the North County can determine what is best for our situation,” PRAAGS Chairman Jerry Reaugh said in the letter.

Supervisor Frank Mecham, the Paso Robles City Council and the group PRO Water Equity have all announced they support the bill. PRAAGS and PRO Water Equity originally proposed forming a water district but temporarily withdrew support for Achadjian’s bill when it was significantly amended in the Legislature.

Achadjian has asked supervisors for a letter supporting the legislation by Aug. 13.

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