Many people with diverse interests rely on the Paso Robles water basin for their welfare. Special-interest groups should not be allowed to control portions of the basin. PRAAGS, the farm alliance, is proposing to create a California Water District to manage a gerrymandered area of about half the basin. A piecemeal solution will not result in a fair solution. Agriculture, cities and rural users all have their own special interests. A single body should balance the interests of all users. Who is in a better position to do this than the counties of SLO and Monterey?
That would be far better than having the courts or the state make the decisions. The Board of Supervisors needs to act now, implement emergency measures while permanent rules are developed.