Ad-Hoc Water Committee

This ad-hoc, non-political committee was voted on and formed by LOCAC at the June 24, 2021 meeting. The members of the committee are Deborah Howe and James Bishop.

PURPOSE – to present information to LOCAC regarding Los Osos’ water issues – including reporting on actions by the county and the Basin Management Committee:  In addition, placing these issues in a larger context of regional and state water issues, and policies and opportunities.  Our presentations aim to be unbiased.  We will whenever possible provide links to our sources of information so individual members can do more detailed inquiries.



A press release from California Senator Alex Padilla on a bill to combat drought in California and across the western U.S. is linked below, and find an article on California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed a $5.1-billion investment over four years for immediate drought response here: https://www.enr.com/articles/51728-calif-governor-seeks-51b-for-water-infrastructure-as-state-drought-expands

Discussed at the June 24, 2021 LOCAC meeting was Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) Surveys and how using this technology could be useful toward gaining greater information on the state of our water basin. Find information on this topic at:
https://water.ca.gov/Programs/SGMA/AEM
Click the link Resources (found below the video) to bring up outreach materials and links to a fact sheet.

The letters below are by the committee at the request of LOCAC to write to: The Department of Water Resources, State Senator Laird and Supervisor Bruce Gibson to support conducting airborne electromagnetic surveying of the Los Osos groundwater basin in San Luis Obispo County.

Our only source of water is monitored and documented in a yearly report. The report is to:

1.) Provide for a continuously updated hydrologic assessment of the Basin, its water resources and sustainable yield.
2.) Create a water resource accounting which is able to meet the information needs for planning, monitoring, trading, environmental management, utility operations, land development and agricultural operations.

See that report here:
https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Public-Works/Forms-Documents/Committees-Programs/Los-Osos-Basin-Management-Committee-(BMC)/Annual-Reports/2020-Draft-LOBMC-Annual-Report.pdf