Last week the San Francisco Chronicle ran an op-ed written by CalTrout Executive Director, Curtis Knight, along with California representatives of Trout Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy. The article highlights the challenges of controlling water diversions in the unregulated marijuana industry and the detrimental effect this has on stream flows and the environment.
Marijuana’s semi-legal status makes this industry’s water usage challenging to regulate. Stream-flow protections and adequate funding to enforce them are essential to ensure legalization does not escalate detrimental environmental effects and push our wild salmon and trout rapidly toward extinction.
With legalization a possibility in 2016, CalTrout, TNC and TU, are working to ensure that solutions are in place so California’s limited water supplies support people, businesses and wildlife.
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