Judge hands Defendants Setback in Steinbeck Quiet Title Suit
On Friday August 28th, Judge Kirwan ruling on the Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings (MJOP) before him, handed the defendants, County of San Luis Obispo, Templeton CSD, San Miguel CSD, The City of Paso Robles and Atascadero Mutual Water Company, a major setback in their suit to prescript the water rights of the members of Protect Our Water Rights (POWR) who have filed to Quiet Title the groundwater water rights to their overlying properties in the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. The defendants have 10 days to amend their answers.
The defendants demanded that POWR define the boundaries of the Paso Robles Groundwater basin as well as notice the entire basin, meaning bring all landowners into this Quiet Title Action. This was also struck down by the court. Plaintiffs must only prove the ownership of their property and their properties connection to the basin from which defendants extract water.
The Board of Supervisors and LAFCO are ignoring our protests about the AB 2453 Water District. We are still collecting protest forms to send a message that the residents of the basin do not want this district formed.
Click on the link below to download a protest form to demand a stop to the LAFCO water district formation process. We must protect our precious resource and our basin from the hands of profiteers!
Protect Your Water Rights
The POWR (Protect Our Water Rights) Group is an association of farmers and homeowners in the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin who came together with the common cause of pooling resources to protect our property rights. Adjudication is the only Basin Management Tool that preserves your water rights!
Stand strong and stand with us to protect our groundwater rights!
You can still join the Quiet Title Action! There will be an additional Quiet Title filing for people who have not yet joined and are interested in protecting their water rights.
Join us on August 5th, August 19th, September 9th and September 23rd at 6:00pm at Steinbeck Vineyards, 5940 Union Road, Paso Robles, for more information on how you can join the POWR Quiet Title Action to protect your property rights.
If you want to join and cannot make the meeting, you can contact Cindy Steinbeck at 805-227-0776 for more information.
Following each information meeting, at 6:30pm there will be an information update meeting for members who have already joined the Quiet Title Action.
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Act Now to Protect Your Water Rights!
Under California law one square foot of land has exactly the same overlying water rights as one square mile. If you own land in the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin, as an overlying owner, you have the right to reasonable use of the water for the benefit and enjoyment of your overlying land, no matter what the size of your parcel.
Under an AB3030/Prop 218 water district that square mile would now have 27,878,400 more rights than that square foot!
The grand compromise proposed by PRAAGS, Pro Water Equity and the County is exactly that, it compromises away the water rights of the overlying parcels owners to essentially fiat by tribunal where the interests of the smaller parcel owners in particular are guaranteed minority representation at best.
The POWR (Protect Our Water Rights) Group is an association of farmers and homeowners in the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin who came together with the common cause of pooling resources to protect our property rights.
The process began by filing “quiet title” -- essentially requesting that a court recognize our water rights. Quiet title is the appropriate method for a landowner to protect property rights, including water rights. If someone was trying to take away a property right in another way, for example by walking or driving across a parcel or moving a fence over someone else’s parcel, everyone would understand the need to take the person to court to prevent the loss. Water rights are exactly the same, they need to be protected.
Your water rights are protected by law. But if you do not stand up and assert your water rights, you will lose them. This is not a class action lawsuit. You must expressly file “quiet title” to retain the rights you already have - before the formation of a local water district.
Please spread the word! We must stand together to protect our groundwater rights!
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Do you own land above the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin as recently defined in Urgency Ordinance No. 3246 by the SLO County Board of Supervisors?
If so, you have a California water right. There are interested groups who are trying at this moment to convince you that you should sign over your water rights through a petition for a water district.
You NEED to know ALL the facts before relinquishing your water rights.
This site is a trusted place for you to obtain straightforward, direct and honest factual information. This is not a place for rumor, sensation or fear. We are here to get the facts & do the research so that we can ALL make educated decisions for the future of our basin.