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The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 29, Issue 1
Stop picking on Nipomo
By Bob Blair - Nipomo Community Services District director, rural Arroyo Grande
The recent article by Rhys Heyden, “A basin situation” (July 24), allows a group of people from various local cities and water districts to bash Nipomo as being the cause of their drought problems. Oceano’s president is concerned about Nipomo. How about cleaning up your own house first? Then Grover Beach’s mayor puts in her 2 cents’ worth. Her streets are past Third World status, and they spent all their road money on palm trees for Grand Avenue and the tourists. Pismo’s public works director does not like the fact that Nipomo is only getting 600 acre-feet instead of 2,500 acre-feet of water.
What no one is talking about is the 3,000 acre-feet of water that the South County Sanitary District has been flushing into the Pacific Ocean for years. The Mesa’s oil refinery uses and blows 400-plus acre-feet of well water into the Pacific yearly, too. The refinery wants to extend its rail capacity to process more oil. They have an unused pipeline from the 5 Cities area to the Nipomo Mesa where this wasted water could be used to recharge the basin. If this was a condition of approval of their rail plan, I believe they would fund the whole deal. However, the county does not want a simple solution, they want control over your personal property rights as quoted by Supervisor Caren Ray.
An election is coming. Be very careful who and what you are voting for.
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