Can the Paso Robles wine industry continue to thrive as groundwater levels fall?
New data and reports now show that the Paso Robles groundwater basin is being severely depleted — with unsustainable amounts pumped throughout the entire last decade. As a result, it is now considered a critically overdrafted groundwater basin in need of management to ensure the long-term sustainability of the water source…. Blame for the status of the groundwater basin is tossed around between lack of regulation from local politicians and overpumping from vintners…. But vintners and local industry leaders interviewed by The Tribune said placing the blame on the wine industry is oversimplifying a complicated issue.