‘I Care,’ Grower Tells Environmental Inspector
The Sacramento Bee accompanied Department of Fish and Wildlife officials as they inspect several Humboldt County and Mendocino growers who agreed to work with them as part of a new program. They explained,
Amid the state’s prolonged drought, Gov. Jerry Brown last year approved $3 million in funding to dispatch oversight officers and environmental scientists to identify and inspect water-thirsty pot gardens in sensitive natural settings. Officials from the State Water Resources Control Board and Department of Fish and Wildlife so far have visited 150 sites with growers’ approval. They have issued instructions on water conservation and filed 50 notices of environmental violations.
It was a different scene at the nearby farm of Duane McCall, 62, a retired property maintenance manager. A cannabis grower most of his life, McCall didn’t think authorities would give him trouble over his 35 plants.
“I’m a little anxious but not scared,” he said. “They’ve got much bigger fish to go after.”
McCall told inspectors he used drip irrigation to grow his plants and fertilized with sea bird guano. McIntee, the water board scientist, told McCall he would send him an email regarding minor environmental improvements. A Fish and Game warden, who checked out McCall’s storage tanks, told him: “We’re good on water use.”
McCall seemed flushed with affirmation.
“Cool,” he told the warden. “I’m from the ’60s, man. I care.”
A slideshow with the article provides multiple photos of different aspects of what the farmers who agreed to be inspected did to comply with environmental regulations.
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