Published August 28, 2020

A new study released by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is projecting the potential economic impact of water reductions in the Paso Robles Basin resulting from the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.  Read the Study.

The study, The Economic Impact on the Local Economy of Irrigated Agriculture in the Paso Robles Area and Potential Impacts of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, performed by Lynn Hamilton, Ph.D. and Michael Mccollough, Ph.D. of CalPoly, estimates that reductions to irrigated agriculture could potentially cost the local economy hundreds of millions of dollars and the loss of more than 1,000 jobs. 

The study was sponsored by:  Estrella-El Pomar Creston (EPC) Water District, Farm Credit West, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau, Shandon-San Juan (SSJ) Water District and Travel Paso.

Two articles stemmed from the study:

  1. Wine Business Monthly - August 2020

  2. Pacific Coast Business Times - September 2020

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