Monday, September 21, 2009 - 8:30 PM
Timely article in New Times
"Traditionally, local groundwater users have kept information about
their pumping rates close to the chest. Under California law,
landowners have a right to unlimited use of the underlying water,
without any monitoring requirements or other government intervention.
That makes the area vulnerable to a “Tragedy of the Commons” situation,
where what belongs to all is cared for by none."
"In the rural residential areas east of Paso Robles, however, no one
knows if water conservation techniques are being implemented. No
lot-by-lot pumping records are collected and no water meters are in
place. But the evidence indicates that wells are going dry at a record
pace in the Jardine and Geneseo areas, forcing some residents to spend
an estimated $20,000 each for deeper wells."
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