Pot farm boom slams Northern Californ...

Pot farm boom slams Northern California environment

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Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#1 Dec 24, 2012
Pot farm boom slams Northern Calif. environment
http://www.dailyrepublic.com/usworld/pot-farm...

From water-siphoning to pesticide-spraying to just plain littering, a flowering of pot farms driven by the rise of medical marijuana is battering Northern California’s wilderness areas, natural resources and endangered species.

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that in one remote, 37-square mile forest patch, scientists found 567 outdoor farms and greenhouses.

Most used water – totaling about 18 million gallons per year – diverted from an Eel River tributary, spawning ground for the endangered coho salmon.

Despite the state push toward decriminalizing marijuana, growers remain rogue and free from oversight.

They have graded mountaintops for greenhouses, illegally cut down trees and in one case poisoned dozens of a rare forest carnivore near Yosemite called a fisher. Scientists determined most had ingested rodenticide used by growers on pot plants.

Researchers are finding a potpourri of contaminants seeping into the watershed from marijuana farms, which are unregulated and largely operate in the shadows. Fungicides, fertilizers, diesel fuel, human waste, plant hormones and soil amendments are some of the others that are ravaging the environment.

Scientists suspect that runoff from potting soil and fertilizers, combined with lower-than-normal river flow due to water diversions, has resulted in a spate of toxic algae blooms in North Coast rivers over the past decade.

The cyanobacteria outbreaks threaten public health for swimmers and kill food that salmon and steelhead trout eat. Eleven dogs have died since 2001 after ingesting the blooms.

Growers are required to obtain permits to take water from a creek but Tony LaBanca, senior environmental scientist with the state Department of Fish and Game, told the Times that less than 1 percent of growers comply with the permits, usually only after an enforcement action.

Other research has shown other effects of the state’s marijuana crops – electricity use. A study in the journal Energy Policy estimated that indoor marijuana cultivation could be consuming nine percent of the state’s household electric power use.
obamas son

San Francisco, CA

#2 Dec 24, 2012
old growth forests, special owls, water shead all destroyed by the dope heads, another victimless crime
thank the liberals and the school industry
Hash

Vacaville, CA

#3 Dec 24, 2012
Love that weed.
Black Christmas

Vacaville, CA

#4 Dec 24, 2012
Because none of the billion dollar agriculture industry has industrial run off into the water table in the last hundred years right?

How's the air and water in the central valley? Is that because of pot farms too?

How about an article from a legitimate news source?
anon

Benicia, CA

#5 Dec 24, 2012
Black Christmas wrote:
Because none of the billion dollar agriculture industry has industrial run off into the water table in the last hundred years right?
How's the air and water in the central valley? Is that because of pot farms too?
How about an article from a legitimate news source?
What a weak a$$ argument to continue environmentally destructive farming. The pot farmers don't even meet the standards of the Central Valley farmers. Your in favor of agricultural practices that are worse than the ones you decry in the Central Valley. Go write a dumb a$$ article foe Garmin.
obamas son

San Francisco, CA

#6 Dec 24, 2012
Black Christmas wrote:
Because none of the billion dollar agriculture industry has industrial run off into the water table in the last hundred years right?
How's the air and water in the central valley? Is that because of pot farms too?
How about an article from a legitimate news source?
typical dope head comment
justsayno

Vacaville, CA

#7 Dec 24, 2012
obamas son wrote:
<quoted text>
typical dope head comment
Takes one to know one!
hate them all

Vallejo, CA

#8 Dec 25, 2012
since this council is sympathetic to cannabis use, why not open up the northern side of mare island to commercial pot farming? the demand is huge, the profits are huge. national trends indicate acceptance for recreational use is spreading. this industry has more money than casinos to throw down now and more job opportunities.
many like myself have become ambivalent to cannabis issues, we have more serious problems to deal with, such as no economic development.
direct staff to notice the area specific to cannabis growing operations, it's now or never, "vm" gomes and crowd.
im talking now

Vallejo, CA

#9 Dec 25, 2012
how about an "all organic collective" that produces a variety of fruits and vegetables along with cannabis? the traffic stream goes by on 37, it would be a gold mine of money for the city in sales taxes.
just a guess

Benicia, CA

#10 Dec 25, 2012
The majority can make it happen
obamas son

San Francisco, CA

#11 Dec 25, 2012
justsayno wrote:
<quoted text>Takes one to know one!
NO, it doesn't, but it does take one to see one !
Willie Nelson

Vacaville, CA

#12 Dec 25, 2012
obamas son wrote:
<quoted text>
NO, it doesn't, but it does take one to see one !
Your a stoner.
obamas son

San Francisco, CA

#13 Dec 25, 2012
Willie Nelson wrote:
<quoted text>Your a stoner.
but you can't spell ! "your" should be "you're"
no hope without dope, right ?
so pull up your pants and get a job
Papagotabrandnew bag

Vacaville, CA

#14 Dec 25, 2012
Light it up all of it!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#15 Jan 4, 2013
Video: Google Earth Captures Carnage of Emerald Triangle Pot Grows
http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2013/01/...

To illustrate: students and faculty at the Humboldt State Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research have created “The Green Rush Google Earth Tour”– a video flyover of a 24,000 acre watershed in the Southern Humboldt.
Howie

Vacaville, CA

#16 Jan 6, 2013
Plant that weed EVERYWHERE.

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