Salmon Creek Marijuana Grows Hit by MET This Week

Marijuana grow Dammed up Salmon Creek with bump in creek diverting 90 percent of waterflow. Juvenile salmonoids located in pool.

Dammed up Salmon Creek with bump in creek diverting 90 percent of waterflow. Juvenile salmonoids located in pool. [Photo from MET]

This last week “deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served 23 search warrants to investigate illegal cannabis cultivation in four Humboldt County watersheds. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Tri County Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT), Humboldt County Code Enforcement, Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services – Environmental Health, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) CalCannabis, California State Water Resources Control Board and California Division of Water Rights assisted.”

We’ve broken each watershed into its own post. For previous posts see:

A subsequent post about raids in northeastern Humboldt County is found here:

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

3. Salmon Creek Watershed

On July 21, 2021, teams served four warrants on parcels in the Salmon Creek Watershed. During the service of the warrants, deputies eradicated approximately 2,205 growing cannabis plants.

Assisting agencies found the following violations:

  • Six (6) water diversion violations (up to $8,000 fine per day, per violation);
  • Two (2) water pollution violations (up to $20,000 fine per day, per violation);
  • Four (4) depositing trash in or near a waterway violations (up to $20,000 fine per day, per violation).
90% of waterflow being diverted from waterway.Ninety percent of waterflow being diverted from waterway.
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Nan
Nan
2 months ago

WTF they deserve to be busted with the water diversion alone! Come on people! grrr

Legallettuce
Legallettuce
2 months ago

El Dorado County and Tri County (Nevada?) Must be some federal funds getting allocated, lol. Good work helping the little fishies.

Guest
Guest
2 months ago
Reply to  Legallettuce

Do the fines go back to fixing the creek or even restoring it? How are these fines allocated or effective to fixing the problem exactly?

JR
JR
2 months ago

Seriously?

Guest
Guest
2 months ago

🤔🧐The pictures don’t fit the narrative.
Is that too harsh to say?
Can anybody acknowledge this?

Where’s the scenes?

I never though I would say this, but,

🤔🧐What your seeing, and what your hearing, isn’t what’s happening.

Gail
Gail
2 months ago

Salmon Creek doesn’t reach the Eel now , it’s gone under the gravel. Like last September, except earlier this year. Just too hot and dry. And not enough water for all of us to pursue what we want, unless we store it from winter rains. You idiots pumping water in July, get with the program, or leave!

Guest
Guest
2 months ago
Reply to  Gail

You can thank the Army Corps of Engineers for that, Gail. Have you been around long enough to remember that? Or are you a newbie? The Eel River’s natural course use to be firmly set right along the west side of the channel and very near the road, and the connection to Salmon Creek was never a problem. Ever. But, it caused the road to constantly settle in the area of where northbound Maple Hills Road turns west where it meets Salmon Creek. So,in their infinite wisdom, they altered the river channel, same as they did north of Phillipsville at the sweeping turn, also to prevent erosion and road subsidence. When they did it at Salmon Creek, the creek began to be disconnected from the river when the river was low. Actually, it disconnected the creek from the river whenever the river was not “up”. It also created a great distance over the river bar from the old true mouth of the creek, for the creek and the juvenile fish to have to cover before those fish or the creek could even reach the river or vice versa if the adult fish we’re trying to reach the creek from the… Read more »

Guest
Guest
2 months ago
Reply to  Guest

What killed Salmon Creek was over 300 new homesteads with veggie gardens and massive grows. 50 years ago the fish were thriving now they are almost extinct except a few stragglers.

think of others
think of others
2 months ago

2,000 plants? No! That’s not cool in this drought, people, you have nieghbors to think of too, is that to much to ask?

Jeffersonian
2 months ago

What ever happened to forfeiture of the land proceedings?

Bill
Bill
2 months ago

This is getting, no is and has been, out of hand for a long time!! It is just now that we are noticing and making noise since it is a drought.

If the drought was not happening the community that loves marijuana and thinks it is great to have around would not be saying a peep.

People, this is an all season, every year type of issue, it is time we paid more attention to it and continue to send our letters, opposition to this continued misuse of our resources, specifically allowing growing in our hills and Oak woodlands and the sensitive habitat that we have.

Please continue your efforts everyone when you see illegal diversions, grows, etc. Let the LEO know!!

Arcata friend
Arcata friend
1 month ago

so infuriating. such abject disrespect of the land and beauty just to make a quick dollar only to just leave town post grow season