Pot Farms Draining Northern California Creeks

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on August 5, 2014 · 0 comments

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Misuse of local resources is convincing some Northern California counties to ban cultivation of medical marijuana. But State Fish and Game officials say illegal growers are to blame for the disappearance of streams and rivers and pollution in some forest areas.


State officials say much of the marijuana in the area is being grown under medical marijuana laws, but being sold illegally. Larger-scale operations are stripping hillsides, damming creeks and using fertilizers that are not allowed in watershed areas.


Wildlife biologists working with the state say they used Google maps to pinpoint the locations of the marijuana farms and found about 30,000 pot plants near each river system. They say each plant will use six gallons of water a day each during their 150-day grow cycle. The study was prompted when scientists noticed that local streams were running dry more often after Prop 215 passed. The study resulted in Lake County banning nearly all outdoor growing activity, and other Northern California counties looking into similar measures.


Local marijuana cooperatives say the real environmental damage was done years ago by decades of logging and

Overfishing of the local salmon population, while medical marijuana farms are a recent development and an easy target. They say overreaching grow bans will just force legal growers to grow illegally.


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