The Ladies of Lady Buds

Directed by CJ Russo, Lady Buds tells the story of six women who, following the legalization of cannabis, leave the illegal underground market to carve out a place for themselves in the new commercial industry.

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Growing Green & Water Quality

Cannabis cultivation has been present in the Yuba watershed for decades and is expected to stay well into the future. Like many common agricultural crops, cannabis cultivation has the potential to affect local water quality and watershed health. In fact, the Yuba River has been designated as a “priority watershed” for cannabis issues due to severe impacts by egregious, illegal grows.

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2021 Cannabis Impact Survey Results

SYRCL launched a survey in March of this year to learn more about both community attitudes toward cannabis cultivation as well as opportunities and challenges cannabis cultivators face regarding the compliance process. Find out what what people had to say as well as our findings and recommendations.

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A Letter from Maggie Philipsborn, Nevada County Cannabis Alliance

The Nevada County Cannabis Alliance would like to thank SYRCL for the important work of assembling the cannabis impact study which has provided valuable policy recommendations for the community to consider. An important theme that we continue to hear is the significant impact from egregious unpermitted farms. The majority of survey respondents would like to see greater enforcement on these sites and our organization agrees. These large unpermitted egregious farms have a significant environmental impact that may be dangerously affecting our Yuba and Bear River Watersheds. 

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Pesticide Use in Cannabis Cultivation Threatens California Spotted Owls

Widespread cannabis cultivation can lead to numerous environmental impacts, including groundwater and surface water depletion, soil erosion, habitat loss and fragmentation, and pesticide pollution. In this article, we focus on a secondary impact of cannabis cultivation—the poisoning of endangered and threatened species.

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Calling All Cannabis Farmers & Community Members: We Need Your Help

It has been almost two years since Nevada County legalized commercial cannabis cultivation, and important changes to where and how people cultivate cannabis have occurred. We are seeking feedback from both local residents to learn more about the ways in which grows are impacting you and your area and from cannabis cultivators regarding the licensing process so we can better understand what barriers exist to coming into compliance. Details

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POSTPONED – Elizabeth Betancourt to Moderate Growing Green Panel

On April 3rd, our “Growing Green for the Yuba: Building Healthy Soil for a Fruitful Harvest” panel will be moderated by Elizabeth Betancourt, Chief of the Cannabis Permitting and Compliance Unit at our local Central Valley Water Board, and candidate for CA Assembly District 1. Details

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Growing Green for the Yuba 2020 Update: What Happens Now?

SYRCL’s vision for Growing Green is that people will see that well-regulated agriculture – which is what cannabis cultivation could be – should not harm water quality, fish or wildlife. Want to know more? Read on for more on exciting developments in Growing Green for the Yuba. Details

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SYRCL Asks Nevada County to Prioritize Yuba Watershed Protections in Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance

SYRCL submitted a comment letter to Nevada County analyzing the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on its proposed Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance (NCCO). “As the Yuba River is an economic driver, recreational treasure, and ecological stronghold within our community, SYRCL took our obligation to protect the Yuba River seriously and spoke on behalf of this resource in these comments,” said Melinda Booth, SYRCL’s Executive Director. Details

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Action Alert: Scoping Comments on Nevada County’s Cannabis Ordinance

Want your voice to be heard? Join SYRCL and Nevada County Cannabis Alliance on Tuesday, September 4th for a Public Comment Workshop to learn what should go into Scoping comments and what specific issues face this community with this cannabis ordinance. Details

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