Despite a marathon meeting yesterday, the fate of a moratorium on new water use in part of northern San Luis Obispo County is in limbo.
A 45 day emergency moratorium imposed over the summer for the Paso Robles area expires this month. County Supervisors imposed the freeze because of alarming drops in the region’s groundwater basin.
The most controversial elements of the moratorium limit the ability of vintners to do new planting unless they can secure enough water to offset what they would pull from the groundwater basin. Exceptions can be granted for economic hardship, but there is disagreement over the qualifications for relief.
County Supervisors couldn’t reach a consensus yesterday on whether to extend the moratorium, but will look at the issue again when they meet next Tuesday.