Paso Robles Water Integrity Network PAC
If you do not understand this bill vote NO on both measures A-16 and B-16 to defeat it
AB2453 is the legislation that is the heart of the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin Management Authority. This bill is all about what it can do to you and nothing about what it will do for you. Before you vote make sure you read and fully understand what this bill says the district can do and the powers that you agree to give to the district to control and tax your use of groundwater from your own well.
You can read a highlighted copy AB2453-Highlighted.pdf. This bill is a groundwater control bill which if the district is passed empowers the district to allocate groundwater and specifies exactly how you will be taxed regulated and fined if you violate the district rules.
AB2453 "would authorize the district to develop, adopt, and implement a groundwater management plan to control extractions from the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin aquifers, as specified. The bill would also authorize the district to impose groundwater extraction charges, to establish extraction allocations, and to impose extraction surcharges to, among other things, discourage the use of groundwater beyond the extraction allocation. The bill would provide that the moneys collected by the district shall be available for expenditure by the district to carry out its groundwater management functions."
The county already has groundwater regulation power through land use control and its AB 3030 Groundwater Management district, but does not have the power to allocate groundwater, regulate extraction, and charge extraction fees and fines like this bill does.
AB2453 also adds a new district only tax component for "projects." The LAFCO application never defined any projects and their estimated costs. In the proposed district implementation, NO properties, including non commercial residential properties, no matter how small their personal water use is, is exempted from taxation and regulation.
If you do not agree or even understand this bill you must vote NO! on both measures A-16 and B-16 If you do not vote that is the same as voting yes.
Adam Keats and Chelsea Tu, Not All Water Stored Underground is Groundwater: Aquifer Privatization and California's 2014 Groundwater Sustainable Management Act, 9 Golden Gate U. Envtl. L.J. 93 (2016).
Read the Aquifer Privatization" by Adam Keats and Chelsea Tu here.
"Rather than managing various users’ interests and reducing conflict within the Paso Robles Basin, a future GSA dominated by directors supported and elected by medium- and large-landowners would likely enflame those conflicts and exasperate the basin’s already existing problems. Overlyers like smaller agricultural interests and nonagricultural residents could see their interests in percolated groundwater diminished while the GSA authorizes the drawing-down of the aquifer to increase the basin’s storage capacity and enhance the basin’s water banking potential, something that would benefit the larger landowners"
PR-WIN has been warning the public that the real game behind the district formation was water banking. Here is a very timely legal article ON THE PASO ROBLES BASIN you must read before you vote! It verifies everything we have been saying for three years!
Read the Paso Robles Basin Groundwater Management Plan here. (By the way, the study does not find the basin in overdraft.)
District proponents are using the scare tactic that the state will step in if THIS PARTICULAR AB2453 district is not passed. That is an OUTRIGHT LIE! In a letter from Mr. Thomas Howard, Executive Director, State Water Resources Control Board to Mr. Wade Horton, Director of Public Works, San Luis Obispo County, Mr Howard said:
“The State Water Board is committed to providing technical and managerial assistance to support local groundwater management efforts, and would much prefer to see local efforts in achieving sustainable groundwater management before state-developed management approaches are necessary. If intervention does occur, the State Water Board's goal will be to return the basin to local management as soon as local authorities can demonstrate their capability and willingness to manage the basin sustainably.”
Read above, the County has said it already has a local management district in place!
The full letter is posted here:Letter From State Water Board
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) designates the county as the default GSA in cases where there is no GSA and for those landowners that fall outside the boundaries of existing GSAs:
Q. How is limited state intervention consistent with local control?
A. First and foremost, groundwater should be managed at the local and regional level. This legislation ensures that local and regional agencies have the tools they need to sustainably manage their groundwater resources. Each area is different geologically, hydrologically and culturally. Locally derived solutions are often the most successful because they can best account for local conditions and needs. Some local areas have found it difficult to solve groundwater problems for a variety of reasons.
Where local and regional agencies have been unable or unwilling to manage their groundwater sustainably, the state will step in to protect groundwater resources for future generations. In all cases, the goal will be to develop long-term, sustainable groundwater management at the local or regional level – not from Sacramento
Read right-side above. The County has said it already has a local management district in place! The State will not step in to manage this basin if this terrible special water district bill fails because it has no reason nor justifcation to do so!
ProWaterEquity started out as primarily a non-irrigator landowners group to offset the political power of the big vineyards in the basin.
Dan Blackburn of Cal Coast News did a series of articles on how ProWaterEquity suddenly switched it position, alienated it's own membership and wound up contributing to pushing AB 2453 against overwhelming landowner opposition. The engineers of the coupe are running for district seats.