Most of the comments and news reports on the Paso Robles aquifer depletion have carefully avoided the central reality. The reality is that wine is 99 percent water, and every liter of wine that is shipped takes a liter of water out of the county. One winemaker said that alfalfa uses more water, but alfalfa does not carry water out of the county. A supervisor suggests this is an ideological question. I say it is a question of greed. Expanding grape acreage in the face of declining aquifer levels is greed.
The growers are betting that they can profit before the water is gone. When the water is gone, the growers will disappear. Residents who are not part of the organized greed program will suffer.
The Tribune should not treat this as an economic issue — this is a greedy assault on the rest of us.