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MAY 2, 2021


"Legal Weed = Rural Crime Wave"


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THIS is what legalizing marijuana does to our rural areas.  It destroys lives and property values.

  • Where are the homes for the THOUSANDS of growers?  
  • 100% of the "development" you see in these pictures is comprised of illegal marijuana greenhouses.  
  • Zoom in on each picture to see more detail. You'll be shocked.
  • They are using at least 8 MILLION gallons of water EVERY DAY!!!
  • The growers are members of criminal cartels.
  • Most are foreign nationals and NONE of this is legal.
  • Grow sites have mountains of human waste, chemicals and trash.
  • A beautiful rural area has been transformed into an ecological disaster.

 Wake up America. This is rural illegal marijuana! NONE of the structures in this picture is a house. 100% of them are illegal greenhouses.




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August 2020

North Coast Water Quality Control Board:

Obvious, the complexity of the issues relating water and cannabis operations in Siskiyou County is beyond the current structure yet intersect each of the protecting agencies.  The State Water Board is the key to remedy and protecting the groundwater abused for cannabis operations and hence can lend assistance in the overwhelming State of Emergency currently existing in Siskiyou county.  

The State Water Board is the overarching agency with a mission to ensure the highest reasonable quality for waters of the State, while allocating those waters to achieve the optimum balance of beneficial uses.  State Water Board is a protection agency established to PROTECT all the beneficial users of groundwater within the state and has enforcement capabilities to do so. 

WE, the citizens of Siskiyou county are asking the State Water Board and all the divisions within the Water Board umbrella agency entrusted to protect the public and beneficiary users by implementing a complete HALT to any and all groundwater diversions no matter the scale.  We further ask all diverted ground water needs for domestic purposes be obtained from a municipality capable of monitoring quantity and quality of water until a well-defined reasonable plan is established to address any future selling/diversion of groundwater.

We also ask that a penalty for the egregious actions taken in clear violation of the Water Trust of overlaying groundwater owners and those abusing and wasting this resource be penalized for their actions as the State Board defines and sees fit. 

Each of the divisions within the Water Board has a part in our protection and here are just a few of the overlaps:


­Water Quality

California Water Quality Standards defined in the Water Quality Control Plans specify which beneficial uses apply to each body of surface water and groundwater within each region of the state, and which water quality objectives must be met to protect those uses.  To protect both existing and future beneficial uses, California’s water quality standards are enforceable throughout the applicable water body, rather than at points of use or discharge



The goals defined in Water Quality as beneficial users for a basin are:

  • Domestic Supply
  • Agricultural Supply
  • Groundwater Recharge
  • Freshwater Replenishment
    • Wildlife Habitat
    • Preservation of Rare, Threatened, or Endangered Species
    • Migration of Aquatic Organisms
    • Spawning, Reproduction, and/or Early Development (of Aquatic Organisms)


Domestic Supply

We currently have numerous wells reported by citizens in this area dry or incapable of recharge.  The number of those dry wells have been numbers between 14 and 19 but not been able to confirm at present.    

Without water they may even be forced to haul water themselves to reside in their own residence denied the ‘’Human Right to Water by those unjustly diverting the resource.   These citizens are looking to the State Board for Protection.

The number of those effected will undoubtedly increase over the continued drought. 

How many is enough while diversion of the water and consequences to all the beneficial users are being ignored?

Agricultural Supply

Even small gardens and farms are agricultural beneficiaries.   Is our small gardens or animals we raise for food source or income not equally important to protecting?   Size is not a condition for ignoring the needs of this resources to all beneficiaries and they are being ignored.

Groundwater Recharge

We are within a multi-year drought condition in Norther California a matter of record.  It is obvious the groundwater is not recharging from those having no water.  Simply stated the continued diversion of this groundwater may NEVER yield a full aquifer recharge capacity even within a good winter pack. Simply put when 10 million is diverted and 5 million replaced there is NO possibility of recharge and any continued extraction just worsens a depleted drainage.   Also, since long term conditions are unknow we may be entering a period of uncertainty on whether the actions have irreputable damage.   All the beneficiaries from the well with normal groundwater recharge needs are being ignored.

Fresh Water Replenishment

To replenish of fresh water as defined means to restore the supply of fresh water to a former level or condition.  Previously the board was shown there is not a replenishment occurring either by the quantity of wells now dry or by the Arsenic level increase as shown in levels known groundwater monitoring sites.  This lack of replenishment of the aquifer is having consequences to ALL the other beneficiaries of this drainage such:

  1. Wildlife Habitat

Previously shown to the Board is the Salt Lake as an example of the consequences of the actions from groundwater abuse.  However, Salt Lake is but one of the many loosely defined lakes, ponds connecting aquatic wildlife habitat water basins.  One only needs to review an aerial view Salt Lake in Google to see there is an interaction of water flows from and between these basins to streams and rivers. (41 38” 11.85” N – 122 27’ 3.67” W) As stated previously is being depleted and is very apparent to those who have been the stewards of these resources for many years.  All the beneficiaries of these wildlife habitat needing groundwater replenishment needs are being ignored.


  1. Preservation of Rare, Threatened, or Endangered Species

Previously the Board was informed Salt Lake is a migratory location effected by the groundwater depletion frequented by threatened and endangered species such as Canadian Snow Geese, Trumpeter Swan, Pelicans, Sandhill Crane, and other species.  It is one of many lakes joined or connected by paths of water flowing into one another.  Each is being negatively impacted by the lack of groundwater replenishment.  These already fragile and future beneficiary needs are being ignored.


  1. Migration of Aquatic Organisms

As can be seen on the map there is clearly a relationship between the water flowing from all these small basins as it flows to the Shasta River to the far left and all the small aquatic organisms used as food source contained within those waters laden areas are diminished along the path.  Even the Sandhill crane cannot acquire food if there is no moisture to attract bugs or flies and these food sources may not be available if these abuses of water goes unchecked and the groundwater is not allowed to be replenished. At what point along this interlinked watershed does the need for replenishment end at the Shasta River to the west?   Shasta river also contains threatened and endangered species of fish which reply upon a continual source of groundwater replenishment fed into Shasta River throughout the applicable water body. These beneficiary needs are being ignored.


  1. Spawning, Reproduction, and/or Early Development (of Aquatic Organisms)


The following chart from the water quality website defined Arsenic toxicity to drinking water at 0.004ug/L and threshold defined as 10ug/L for Chemical constraints for the school.  Already, shown the very school in this drainage and adjacent day care center at last reading was 5.1ug/L in 2015.    The school has agreed to perform an additional Arsenic test in September to acquire an updated reading of the Arsenic level.  In addition, there were 6 other wells within the area of 20 miles around my home with Arsenic levels and the data from the State websites of those sites over times of less groundwater diversion proved there were increases in Arsenic levels.  Studies at both Yale and Stanford University clearly shows as there is a depletion of groundwater levels there were will be an increase in Arsenic concentration.  Where this concentration will be deposited and who are/will be negatively affected by this increase is an unknown to



the citizens that depend upon this water source as their only option included the children who they send to the local preschools and elementary school most people who live within this area have sent their children for up to 8 years of educational experience.  NO supporting data on what threshold value applied long term to children in a developmental stage of their learning experience.  This remains lots of answered questions:


1. Is it truly 10ug/L? or Is it 8ug/L? 

2. What if they also drink water and consume food with Arsenic from their own homes in addition to school? 

3. What about the aquatic habitant’s consumption along the way of Arsenic springs feeding area ponds and lakes start to acquire heavier concentrations many flowing or runoff to the rivers?

4. Will the Arsenic flow have a consequence on the early development of aquatic organisms to support all habitants throughout the applicable water body?



Already shown was the World Health Organization defines the consequences of Arsenic long-term effects of ingestion to healthy effects in addition to the developmental stages needed within a positive learning environment.   These levels are not clearly defined nor the timespan where effects will be evident. Over an 8 years timespan of increasing exposing what will occur?  These beneficiaries in the most formative years of development are being ignored. 


In addition, there has been no answered of Arsenic concentration in the lakes and ponds along these groundwater paths nor the effects on early development of aquatic organisms along this path.  With no supporting data to determine what baseline existed prior to the abuse to determine if Arsenic is present or increase evident. 

One point is VERY clear to any prudent observer, with or without the presence of Arsenic, if the groundwater is NOT replenishment to supply these areas early any development of aquatic organisms cannot be supported.  These beneficiary needs are being ignored.


Water Rights

The Reasonable and Beneficial Use Doctrine (Reasonable Use Doctrine) is the cornerstone of California’s complex water rights laws. All water use must be reasonable and beneficial regardless of the type of underlying water right. No one has an enforceable property interest in the unreasonable use of water.


Shown previously were examples of how gross an abuse

                          4,500-gallon capacity hauling truck

                          25 water hauling trucks use

                          3 wells

24 hours

8,100,000 gallons per day diverted


The latest pictures from wells diverting in the presence of more than 200 witnesses to the activity from where the effected community were standing on Highway A-12 it is NOTICEABLY clear that egregious abuse and UNREASONALBE quantities of groundwater is continuing.  A list could be compiled of those witnessing all the activity if necessary.

Even if the groundwater were used for domestic purposes supporting data from the planning department has only 36 valid permitted parcels in a 20-mile radius of this well in which domestic water would be necessary in some capacity for legitimate occupancy.  Since no steadfast quantity is defined in groundwater for domestic purposes but defined is within surface streams/subterrean streams diversion permit as being 4,500 gallons I will use this amount as an indicator to reasonable domestic use per day needs.

36 valid permits x 4,500 gallon/day = 162,000 gallons/day

                          Compared to 8.1 million gallons used per day in the current three wells. 

8.1 million gallons/day – 162,000 gallon/day = 7,938 million gallon/day

So, there is 7.938 million gallons/day that is NOT going to domestic use or if they are truly being transported to a legitimate permit parcels would be 225,000 gallons a day for each of the 36 parcels edible to receive.  Either way the coin is flipped the overlaying owner of the groundwater wells has no right to exceed reasonability diversion and has violated the public trust of this resource for ALL beneficial users.  Even a prudent person could acknowledge trucks lined up continuously would have an affected and overlaying landowner has chosen to ignore at nothing less than a profiteering ill-gotten gain.   ALL the beneficiary’s rights have been ignored.


Cannabis Enforcement

According to the “Cannabis Cultivation Policy Principles and Guidelines for Cannabis Cultivation”, dated April 16, 2019, the purpose of this Cannabis Cultivation Policy (Policy) is to ensure that the diversion of water and discharge of waste associated with cannabis cultivation does not have a negative impact on water quality, aquatic habitat, riparian habitat, wetlands, and springs.

Per Water Code section 13149, the principles, and guidelines:

  1.  shall include measures to protect springs, wetlands, and aquatic habitats from negative impacts of cannabis cultivation; and
  2.  may include requirements that apply to groundwater diversions where the State Water Board determines those requirements are reasonably necessary.

It has been pointed out that these principles have been violated and violated for the sole purpose of cannabis cultivation.  A matter of record of from the Sheriff’s office briefing memo dated 08/04/2020 material confiscated and presented previously 139,131,000 gallons were used.


Used in calculation is 15 gallons per day water over the 150 days to grow on live plant.  In processed material 3 pounds of material equates to one live plant.


Live Plant: 

60,190 plants x 15 gallons x 150 days = 135,427,500 gallons used

Process material:

4,938 pounds / 3 pounds per plant x 15 gallons x 150 days = 3,703,500 gallons used

Total Gallons of water used for five (5) sites: 139,131,000 gallons used

These cannabis operations have negatively impacted ALL the beneficiaries and their needs and rights are being ignored.