Planting of new grapes has helped lower the water table in the Paso Robles Basin by 70 feet in recent years, causing wells of rural residents to go dry. More wells will go dry if nothing is done. Certain wineries, which are causing the problem, prefer to deny the problem and do nothing. State law demands dealing with the overdraft. Their second choice is to have the SLO County Board of Supervisors deal with it. They have formed a PAC called PR-WIN to donate to candidates running for supervisor to ensure they vote in favor of wineries. They oppose a water district with a nine-member board, with five seats reserved for rural residents, ensuring a one-vote majority against wineries. CALM—Citizens Advocating for Local Management of the Paso Groundwater Basin—supports such a district. If you vote against the district, you are voting for the wineries to continue to take water from rural residents who need it to drink. Small farmers will be next.
-- Pearl Munak - Paso Robles