Marijuana Farm Threatened Trout Spawning In Santa Clara County

MORGAN HILL (KCBS) – An illegal marijuana grow on the Llagas River near Morgan Hill was discovered and cleaned up just in time for the spawning of steelhead trout.

A dam erected by the pot growers had nearly dried up a tributary to the Llagas. And the farming sent several toxic substances into the creek bed, said Patrick Foy, a warden with the California Department of Fish and Game.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

“They added a bunch of fertilizers and pesticides and rodent killers. And all that stuff bleeds down into the creek bed when it’s drained, making it even worse for steelhead,” Foy said.

Three unarmed Mexican nationals were arrested at the grow site, discovered in an area where wildlife officials had restored and declared a protected area in order to encourage steelhead to spawn.

“The people behind these operations really have complete disregard for the open space and the habitat and the wildlife,” said Patty Eaton with the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority.

Foy The medical marijuana movement has contributed to the expansion of a water-intensive crop, Foy said.

“People who are taking what they consider to be medical marijuana, what they call their medicine, is cultivated with tremendous amounts of damage to the environment,” Foy said.

Illegal marijuana farms continue to plague remote areas of the state. Foy blamed the medical marijuana movement for increasing demand for a water-intensive crop.

“People who are taking what they consider to be medical marijuana, what they call their medicine, is cultivated with tremendous amounts of damage to the environment,” he said.

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  1. bay area Guy says:

    Mexican nationals – P.C Code word for Illegal aliens.
    Legalize pot – problem goes away- We waste so many tax dollars trying to get rid of what the people want.

    Prohibition did not work for alcohol, why do we think it will work for marijuana?

    Makes no sense to continue on a failed policy.

  2. Winky says:

    Which is why these pot farms ought to be legalized, taxed, licensed and have to have routine inspections and EPA reports and everything else a farm has to have. People are going to “get” pot one way or another; might as well legalize it, collect the taxes not only on the farm but from sales taxes and business taxes on the sellers.

  3. bayareaman says:

    The Russian River Watershed was decimated by the wine industry. Arrest the vitners!

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