“As leaders in California’s maturing medical cannabis industry, we are well aware of the potential environmental impacts associated with cannabis cultivation. The main question coming up in relationship to these impacts is: Why aren’t cannabis cultivators held to the same guidelines and requirements as other farmers or grape growers?”
“A marijuana cultivation operation that resulted in a host of highly toxic chemicals being washed into a tributary of Coyote Creek was cleared out on Tuesday by authorities searching deep in the backcountry southeast of San Jose.”
“A court ruling has put California closer to limiting the amount of a carcinogen in the state’s drinking water, a safety measure that was supposed to be adopted nearly a decade ago.
“Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo sided late last month with two environmental groups in their attempt to force the state’s Department of Public Health to obey a requirement to limit the chemical compound – hexavalent chromium – in the state’s drinking water.”
“Cottonwoods now grow in the once-barren gulch leading from the Penn Mine, and fish no longer die by the thousands when rain runoff washes from the mine into nearby Camanche Reservoir. But there’s still plenty of evidence of the mine’s toxic past, including crusty mineral formations along creeks …
“That landfill is the heart of a $16.5 million cleanup completed in the late 1990s by state water pollution regulators and the East Bay Municipal Utility District.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies:
“Cost impacts of a new drinking water standard for chromium-6, the water-energy nexus and regulation of hydraulic fracturing in California were front and center at ACWA’s third annual Regulatory Summit Aug. 14 in Oxnard. …
“In keynote remarks at lunch, state Department of Conservation Director Mark Nechodom provided a look at the process under way to develop regulations addressing fracking. The department released a discussion draft of regulations in December and has held workshops throughout the state to gather input.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“Legislation opposed by ACWA that would move the state’s entire drinking water program from the Department of Public Health to the State Water Resources Control Board was referred to the suspense file in the Senate Appropriations Committee today [August 12].
“The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday [August 8] that elevated pollutant levels in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers represent a violation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and are attributable to the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. The Court of Appeals’ decision in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council follows a remand from the U.S.
“It has been three years since an Enbridge Energy pipeline ruptured beneath this small western Michigan town, spewing more than 840,000 gallons of thick oil sands crude into the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek, the largest oil pipeline failure in the country’s history.”
What began as a Butte County request that state water regulators take part in fighting pollution generated by marijuana growers has resulted in the creation of a task force to formulate a statewide policy on the issue.
“Wednesday, Butte County officials, representatives of Gov.
“Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, continues to push Assembly Bill 145, a measure that would shift the state’s drinking water program from Public Health to the State Water Resources Control Board … But critics of the Perea bill argue persuasively that just changing the agency that dispenses the funds won’t get the job done. …
“It won’t be easy, and it will take collaboration.
From a Sacramento Bee commentary by Assemblyman Dan Logue:
“Regardless of how you may feel about marijuana, we should all be able to agree that the state’s environmental laws should be applied equally to both pot and non-pot farmers. … Unfortunately, public confidence in the state agency in charge of protecting much of the Sacramento Valley’s water, due to concerns for safety, is hampered by not applying these rules equally.
“A meeting today [August 6 in Oroville] on how water quality regulations could be used to fight problem pot gardens ended with the participants saying the discussion was ‘frank and useful’ but revealing few details about what was said.
“At its core, the discussion was about what the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board staff could do in the fight against water pollution that is a result of both legal and illegal marijuana gardens in Butte County.