Interested in learning more about environmentally responsible cannabis cultivation? SYRCL is hosting two FREE mini “Growing Green for the Yuba” workshops.
Join us on Thursday, October 19 for “Looking Toward Compliance: Water Catchment for a Healthy Yuba.” Karuna Warren, local environmental engineer with WaterNow, will offer sound advice on best management practices and provide accessible solutions for rainwater harvest, usage, storage and the compliance process.
The environmental impacts of unregulated, large-scale cannabis cultivation are real. The overuse of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides pollutes the water and poisons wildlife. Illegal water diversions result in dry creeks. Deforested and poorly graded land damages habitat for native fish and wildlife. So-called “trespass grows” on public lands wreak havoc on the landscape.
“We are committed to providing information and educational resources about the cumulative impact of cannabis cultivation across our watershed. By highlighting accessible practices to cultivators, we hope that we can all work together to protect the river,” said Rachel Hutchinson, SYRCL’s River Science Director.
SYRCL’s vision is that people will see that well-regulated agriculture – which is what cannabis cultivation could be – should not harm water quality, fish and wildlife. By addressing the sustainable cultivation issue through collaborative leadership, science, stewardship and education, we can educate each other to ensure cannabis is grown in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way.
Co-sponsored with Nevada County Cannabis Alliance and Sweetland Garden Mercantile, these workshops are for anyone interested in learning about best management practices for cannabis cultivation that will safeguard the Yuba. SYRCL is able to organize these free events thanks to a grant by the Rose Foundation.