If you’re all-too-familiar with the drought’s presence but want to know more about what’s being done, you’ll have an opportunity to hear about it at the upcoming Water Summit 2014, hosted by the San Luis Obispo county’s Drought Task Force.
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 1:30 p.m., multiple county agencies will discuss the drought at the county Board of Supervisors meeting. The presentations will offer an overview of the situation at hand, and the plans to deal with it in the upcoming year.
As of press time, 58 percent of California—including SLO County—is classified as being in an “exceptional drought” phase, the most extreme of the U.S. Drought Monitor’s five classifications. Before that, on Aug. 13, 2013, SLO County was the first county in the state to be fully covered be the “severe drought” classification, along with most of Santa Barbara and Kern counties, and half of Monterey County. SLO County moved to “exceptional drought” on Jan. 28, and has been there ever since.
To find out more information about the Oct. 14 Water Summit and the county’s Drought Task Force, go to slocounty.ca.gov/admin/Drought_Update.htm.
-- Melody DeMeritt - former city council member, Morro Bay