Images from Grows Taken During Operation Yurok
This afternoon, the Yurok tribe posted images from the marijuana raids last week. An album on their Facebook page states,
This year’s Operation Yurok resulted in the eradication of approximately 55,000 marijuana plants. Large-scale cannabis cultivation, on and near the Yurok Reservation, is responsible for robbing millions of gallons of cold water from several tributaries that feed the Klamath River. The main purpose of the two-week, collaborative operation was to return as much water as possible to the Klamath and the Tribe’s community water systems, which are located downstream of many of the illegal pot plantations. Large quantities of chemical fertilizers, as well as illegal grading and trash dumping, were a common visage at the environmentally destructive grow sites. Currently, the Klamath River is suffering from salmon-stressing, warm temperatures and low flows. Earlier this week, the Yurok Fisheries Program found adult Chinook salmon infected with Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (Ich), the same deadly disease responsible for the 2002 fish kill. The pathogen thrives in warm, slow flowing water. These pictures are from about half of the total number of sites. Please help get the word out. It is illegal to grow marijuana on the Yurok Reservation.
Below are a selection of 12 photos from the album. See more here.
In addition, a post on the tribe’s Facebook page shows the following photo:
The status describes the scene as an “unpermitted forest clearing at one of the sites visited by Operation Yurok. In addition to eviscerating five acres of forest, an entire spring-fed stream was diverted to support the illegal marijuana grow, which contained about 2,000 plants.”
According to the page administrator, the photo was taken of private land, “just off the Reservation, but they were taking water from a creek that empties into the Klamath.”