SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif - The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors just voted on a $150 thousand plan that will help residents in the north county offset their water use.
The program will be ran by a local conservation district which will act like a consultant for residents
Just a few months ago an urgency ordinance was put in place. It prohibits growers from planting new irrigated crops unless they can offset their water use at a 1:1 ratio. In order to not draw more water from the already strained groundwater basin.
The county plans to contract with the local Resource Conservation District that will be made up of experts from hydrologists to agricultural engineers helping residents to meet the offset.
"So if they come to the county and they say that they want to take out a certain number of crops and put in this kind of crop, or if they want to change out their irrigation, or their watering mechanisms, they'll be able to help," said Supervisor Adam Hill.
The district will be contracted with the county for the remainder of the 2 year urgency ordinance. The board of supervisors says it hopes to have the program up and running within the next couple of months.