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By Mariamne Beuscher, communications intern

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014, requires the Paso Robles sub-basin and other areas in critical overdraft to be sustainably managed by 2020.

If plans to manage the basins’ water supply are not adequately developed by groundwater sustainability agencies, the State Water Resources Control Board could intervene to ensure resources are properly maintained. Last year, after the county failed to form a water district that would have covered the unincorporated basin areas, landowners from regions east of Paso Robles in unincorporated San Luis Obispo County—Estrella-El Pomar-Creston and Sandon-San Juan— are now collaborating to form their own water districts.

Although the two new districts will include only a fraction of basin landowners, together the districts would cover roughly 33 percent of the Paso Robles groundwater basin.

To read more, go here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/environment/article130866664.html