Help protect and preserve the Los Osos groundwater

Dear neighbors and friends,
 
We are reaching out to you to update you on our dire water crisis here in Los Osos. You likely know that our sole water source is the aquifer below us, which over the decades has been in overdraft, with a Level 3 severity. Because we are pulling out more freshwater than is being put back in, whether through precipitation or recharge of treated water, seawater is filling the gap.
 
We have been in a “building moratorium” since the 80’s because our septic tanks were polluting the water basin with nitrates, which our expensive sewer was suppose to fix. However, our septic systems were also helping to recharge our water basin. Without getting too technical, we still have nitrates in our upper aquifer and seawater intrusion into our lower aquifer. The more water we use, the more likely it is that we will permanently lose our basin.
 
As a community, we have done an incredible job at lowering our water use, which hovers around 50-70 gallons per person per day. Our threat at this time is an increase in population. Housing is still being permitted in areas outside the sewer district, which includes areas east of South Bay Blvd, Cabrillo Estates, East & West of Pecho Road going into Montaña de Oro and a few other areas, all of which pull water from our shared water basin.
 
Within our sewer district, the County is still permitting Auxiliary Dwelling Units (ADU’s) and Mobile Homes to be installed, all of which require additional water use. This coming December 15th, the Board of Supervisors will review and probably adopt the new Los  Osos Community Plan, which will open up Los Osos to even more building.
 
Why would the County allow more building if we did not have a sustainable water supply? Who really knows but they have creatively rationalized it by saying their 2:1 offsets, where they use credits from all the water saving devices we have installed in our homes, to allow building from the water we saved. Yet the County continues to ask us to conserve water. It’s all speculation why, but it could be the revenue they could get from permits and an increase in property taxes, the tremendous pressure from the state to build thousands of new housing units, or it could be that our District Supervisor wishes a Los Osos buildout to be his legacy. The County has its reasons but, no pun intended, they don’t hold water. The County’s own annual reports show our basin is still in overdraft and seawater intrusion is still occurring - we’re losing our basin drop by drop. The three local purveyors are also very concerned about this (read their letters to the County on our website).
 
As a community, we need to stand together to stop this, to save our only water source. This is serious, and now may be our only time to step up and make our voices heard. Please join our group and donate what you can to our community cause. The Los Osos Sustainability Group has been carefully monitoring this for over a decade, and has now retained a lawyer and an independent engineering firm to confirm our findings that our only source of water is severely stressed and cannot support more people at this time. If needed, a lawsuit will follow. Please go to this link, get involved and if you have any questions please contact us. http://thelosg.com/

Donations

  • Anonymous 
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  • Ellen Nelson 
    • 50 $ 
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  • Anonymous 
    • 100 $ 
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  • Victoria Kastner 
    • 100 $ 
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  • Michele McDonell 
    • 100 $ 
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Organizer

Los Osos Sustainability Group 
Organizer
Los Osos, CA
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