Are you Growing More Than 2000 Square Feet of Cannabis?

Press release and information from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board:

waterboards_logo_high_resGrowing more than 2000 square feet of cannabis? By February 15, 2016 cultivators with more than 2000 square feet of cultivated area are required to enroll in a new water quality regulatory program (Order R1-2015-0023), either directly with the Regional Water Board, or via an approved third party program.

At this time there are no approved third party programs; upon Regional Water Board approval approved third party programs will be listed on this webpage.

Prior to February 15, 2016, you may request Regional Water Board staff to conduct a pre-enrollment inspection. This is an opportunity to verify tier status, identify features to include in a water resource protection plan, and discuss treatment schedules. (Go here for more)

Or see below for two clinics planned this month. ——————————–

Staff of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board announce the first two of several planned clinics to be held throughout the region to answer questions and assist cannabis growers with enrollment for coverage under Order No. 2015-0023 Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements and General Water Quality Certification for Discharges of Waste Resulting from Cannabis Cultivation and Associated Activities or Operations with Similar Environmental Effects In the North Coast Region:

January 12, 2016, from 2:00  – 7:00 PM at the

Regional Water Quality Control Board Hearing Room

5550 Skylane Boulevard, Suite A

Santa Rosa, CA 95403


January 14, 2016, from 2:00 – 7:00 PM at the

Willits Public Library Community Room

390 E Commercial St

Willits, CA 95490


The clinics are designed to provide growers with information and assistance with the following:

–          Assistance in developing the enrollment package (Notice of Intent and the Monitoring and Reporting Program)

–          Information on the Order’s tier structure.

–          Information on how to process enrollments and fees

–          Information on third party programs

–          Guidance on determining whether enrollment is required

–          General questions about the Order


Site specific analysis and determinations will not be available during the clinic, however, growers may bring site maps, sketches, images, or other information for discussion purposes. Interested participants can drop in at any time during the clinic, however, assistance will be provided on a first come, first served basis. While every attempt will be made to assist all participants, we cannot guarantee that everyone will get personalized assistance and the clinics must end at the scheduled time. Additional enrollment clinics will be scheduled throughout the North Coast Region during January and February 2016 and will be noticed through this email listserve* and the following website, at a minimum:

If you have any questions about these events you may contact a member of the North Coast Regional Water Board’s cannabis team at or at (707) 576-2676.

*If anyone you know is interested in subscribing to the North Coast Cannabis Waste Discharge Regulatory Program email listserv, they can sign up here:



  • We will get to waterboard big scale growers? I love this new regulation.

    • Fools like you see this as Humboldt good guys vs. flat billed Toyota dope yuppies. This is just another tax setting precedent on the books. When no one cares about pot anymore, they will be able to regulate/tax the ability to grow personal food. The establishment does not want you to be self sufficient. They have already stolen the right to make heat with fire in many cities. People are dependent on the utilities for the basic need of warmth. Solar city just left Nevada because of the almost extinction of electrical reimbursment from utility companies to solar residents. This was enacted today. They want you dependent on them!

      • Bottle bro is correct. They have confessed their regs cover all plants but for now they are focusing on the one type of plant. Kmud released a podcast months ago, of their meeting in laytonville., you’ll find it in their archives. The crowd specifically asked them if the regs also pertained to fruits and vegetables. They said yes, but they are not top priority at the moment.

  • Just another way to suck a dollar. These idiots are losing all of their leverage with El Nino. They are still trying to push as much regulation as possible before their vacuum is filled. Bureaucracies are trying to regulate an illegal industry? There is no mention of the fees in the press release. Here they are.
    WATCH OUT! Your vegetable gardens will be next!

    • Thank goodness somebody is looking out for the little working man whose dollars have been manipulated again and again and again by the black market and yes there are still people that don’t care for pot as a recreational high and substitute for living in reality.

    • Unlikely. Unless veggie gardens start impacting the watershed like weed. How much winter road use do your veggies need? How many trimmers get your veggies ready for market?

  • One wonders how they plan to enforce this with at least 4000 grows in Humboldt that probably fall within these registering guidelines.

  • What is the definition of “cultivated area”? What is the precedent for a legal entity to regulate an illegal industry?

    • Cultivated area is the entire disturbed area, associated with cultivation, that could potentially impact water resources. So the whole flat, not just the greenhouse or pots. The precedent was CEQA. Once upon a time nothing was regulated! Mining, logging fishing, you know the story? It took decades to get the enforcement to catch up with the laws. Mostly due to the unwillingness for the industries to comply. And no surprise, it was a cultural change that really brought the change. It took loggers to tell other loggers, hey, you cant skid down creeks! for real change to happen. When growers start pressuring their peers to not cause environmental harm, the regulation will make more sense and be seemingly less painful for people to comply with.

  • And if you are growing 2 plants in your yard, for your own use, its illegal. WTF!

  • I have my own well on my property and I will use all the water I need ,so I got 2 words for the ,suck it

  • 2000 sq. feet is .0447 acres. Kind of like making the 10k cash reporting requirement be around 20 to 30 dollars.

  • I know of pump driven hydroponic growing. Would that not be a way to produce very little to zero discharge?

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