Salmonid Restoration Federation

Environmental Impacts of Marijuana Cultivation

How Changing Marijuana Laws May Affect California’s Water and Wildlife:

North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board's Cannabis Cultivation Waste Discharge Regulatory Program.

Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) and Mad River Alliance's "2016 Farmer's Compliance Handbook."

Mendocino Resource Conservation District. 2016. "Watershed Best Management Practices for Cannabis Growers and other Rural Gardeners."

Patterson, Brittany. 2015. "California's 50,000 Pot Farms Are Sucking Rivers Dry." Scientific American, 3 July 2015.

Barringer, F. 2013. “Marijuana crops in California threaten forests and wildlife.” New York Times, 20 June 2013.

Harkinson, J. 2013. “How industrial pot growers ravage the land: A Google Earth tour.” Mother Jones, 6 February 2013.

Environ challenges marijuana ag in age of prohibition:

Greenson, T. 2012. “Push for pot regulation; amid federal activity, many still support oversight, regulation of pot industry.” The Times Standard, 9 September 2012.

Greenson, T. “A ‘huge, huge mess;’ officials talk environmental impacts of marijuana, and the need for more study, clean up.” The Times Standard, 9 September, 2012.

Gerken, T. 2012 “Cannabis carbon footprint: Marijuana industry’s environmental impact.” Huffington Post, 27 August 2012.

Greenson, T. 2013. “‘We can’t turn a blind eye anymore;’ feds, local law enforcement promise ‘hot and heavy’ season of pot busts.” The Times Standard, 26 August 2013.

Burns, R. 2012. “Downy calls for backup: Overwhelmed by marijuana the county sheriff looks to the feds for help.” 26 July 2012.

M. Mallery. 2010. Marijuana national forests: Encroachment on California public lands for cannabis cultivation. Berkeley Undergraduate Journal, Vol. 23, Issue 2.

UC Davis. 2012. “Poisons of public lands put wildlife at risk”.13 July 2012.

Gabriel, M. W., L. W. Woods, et al. 2012. Anticoagulant rodenticides on our public and community lands: Spatial distribution of exposure and poisoning of a rare forest carnivore. PLoS ONE, Vol. 7, Issue 7, e40163.

Welsh, J. 2011. “Pot growers destroying national forests.” Live Science, 12 December 2011.

“Half-baked idea?: Legalizing marijuana will help the environment.” Scientific American, 20 May 2011.

Service, S. 2010. “Pot: Not so green afterall.” PBS, Need to Know, 21 May 2010.

Caldwell, A. A. and M. Valdes. 2010. “Public lands sprouting marijuana farms.” San Francisco Gate, 14 March 2010.

“Cannabis farming in California using so much water it could wipe out salmon population, biologists warn.” The Independenct, 5 October 2014.

Bland, A. 2014. “California’s pot farms could leave salmon runs truly smoked.” NPR, The Salt, 13 January 2014.