- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The glass is half-full for grape growers who want to lift a moratorium on new vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday agreed to let 28 applications for vineyards proceed - about half of the number they’ve received in the past year. Only applications already in the pipeline will be processed.

Meanwhile, the ban on new or expanded vineyards in the northern area of the mountains will remain in force for another four months.

It was enacted last month amid concerns that vineyards would use too much water in the middle of a drought. Environmentalists also are concerned about pesticide contamination and the effect on native plants and animals.

Growers argue that grapevines are drought-tolerant and use comparatively little water.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/


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