There’s been a lot of hubbub recently over water in Paso Robles. I’m sure it’s been going on for more than a little while but I have noticed an absolutely huge increase in articles on the subject as well as day to day chatter. The county supervisors are meeting over the issue and many groups are trying to come up with answers.
Some think we should ban or severely limit the vineyards from using the water and that we should not allow new wells to be dug. Some think there are other answers.
What do I think?
Well, I do not know what the answer is but I do know this is another case of nobody doing a damn thing about it until it becomes urgent. Why is it we don’t take nature seriously? That’s my question. Issues in nature are similar to your bank account. You can only spend/ use what is there and if you over use you end up empty. Nature does not give “credit”…it’s a cash only business. If we use all the water or too much too fast…we have simply screwed ourselves.
For being the smartest and most “civilized” animals on the planet we sure are stupid. How come none of this was thought of before? It’s not like this area was once a rain forest. California, much of it anyways, is perpetually in a drought…isn’t it? Is this new to us? Did we think we could kick the can down the road yet again? Why not, let’s let our kids, grandkids, and great grandkids worry about it.
I am sure there are many sides to this issue and I do not claim to know them all. I do know that this is a real issue and if we only handle it from a political or business point of view we will lose. We need to do what is right…and again, I do not claim to know what that is. Turning “water” into a political issue is a load of crap and that tells me it will not be solved responsibly or quickly enough.
For once I wish all the people involved in this issue…the city government, the county government, the farmers, and the anti-farmers would all come together and do something…anything. I for one think the farmers are massively important. People that grow things are the backbone of this country…and especially Paso Robles. We all need to do a little bit more to take care of this planet of ours. We all need to do what we can to conserve water as much as humanly possible.
I do not have the answers and I did not write this claiming that I do. My point in writing this was to share the links below to several articles by the SLO Tribune and a blog post written by a local farmer. I also wrote this to remind us all that we can be doing more. The Earth will continue on after we die, we really need to do more to take care of it for the limited amount of time we are here.
Conserve, recycle, repurpose, reuse. The time to start is yesterday!
Paso Ground Water Decision Put on Hold Via the SLO Tribune
Wine and Water: Deep trouble in the North County Via the SLO Tribune
Wine and Water: In rural North County, All is Not Well Via the SLO Tribune
Wine and Water: Liquid Gold in a Glass Via the SLO Tribune
Wine and Water: Paso’s Water Gamble Via the SLO Tribune
Wine and Water: Search for Solutions Via the SLO Tribune
Where I Stand On The Paso Robles Groundwater Basin Controversy Via Hilary Graves