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Water-Guzzling Pot Plants Draining Drought-Wracked California
NBCNews ^ | July 7, 2014 | HARRIET TAYLOR

Posted on 07/07/2014 9:40:48 PM PDT by Steelfish

Water-Guzzling Pot Plants Draining Drought-Wracked California BY HARRIET TAYLOR

California cannabis growers may be making millions, but their thirsty plants are sucking up a priceless resource: water. Now scientists say that if no action is taken in the drought-wracked state, the consequences for fisheries and wildlife will be dire.

"If this activity continues on the trajectory it's on, we're looking at potentially streams going dry, streams that harbor endangered fish species like salmon, steelhead," said Scott Bauer of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Studying aerial photographs of four watersheds within northern California's so-called Emerald Triangle, Bauer found that the area under marijuana cultivation doubled between 2009 and 2012. It continues to grow, with increasing environmental consequences.

Bauer presented data to CNBC indicating that growers are drawing more than 156,000 gallons of water from a single tributary of the Eel River, in Mendocino County, every day.

The average marijuana plant needs about 6 gallons of water a day, depending on its size and whether it's grown inside or outside, according to a local report that cited research. Pot growers object to that number, saying that the actual water use of a pot plant is much less.

Although the marijuana business has helped revive the local economy, residents may now be feeling the effects of living alongside growers. And, as growers—some legal, some not—face a severe drought, local law enforcement officers expect the fight over natural resources to intensify.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: california; cannabis; drought; marijuana; pot; wod

1 posted on 07/07/2014 9:40:48 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Geez, this is not about pot plants. It’s always been about politics.


2 posted on 07/07/2014 9:41:42 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Steelfish
Druggie scum causing a water shortage. How green of them.
3 posted on 07/07/2014 9:43:35 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Steelfish

If there is no food, then what will the pot smokers eat when they get the munchies?


4 posted on 07/07/2014 9:43:36 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Steelfish

5 posted on 07/07/2014 9:44:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Steelfish

Take a hit man, and chill out.

Remember:

Pot can get you through times of no water better than water can get you through times of no pot.


6 posted on 07/07/2014 9:44:45 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob
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To: Steelfish

Are they marketing to Wash. State?


7 posted on 07/07/2014 9:44:52 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: P-Marlowe

let them starve or eat each other


8 posted on 07/07/2014 9:46:50 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Steelfish

What’s a yard full of SoCal greenery drink a week?


9 posted on 07/07/2014 9:47:39 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Paladin2

No, Washington will be selling (starting tomorrow) only product grown within the state at permitted indoor farms (but the seeds/cuttings had to come from somewhere).


10 posted on 07/07/2014 9:49:52 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: GeronL

And it’s the enemy (criminal invaders) from Mexico growing the marijuana and wasting the water. Essentially, the messkin cartels run California except for one really nice place in Fresno!


11 posted on 07/07/2014 9:49:54 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Steelfish

They are deflecting blame.....

They are dumping millions of gallons of water from reservoirs
and now they are desperate to fix blame elsewhere...

lying scumbag Democrats.


12 posted on 07/07/2014 9:50:48 PM PDT by LtKerst
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To: Steelfish
6 gallons a day? That doesn't sound like an average house-type plant to me.


13 posted on 07/07/2014 9:52:14 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: re_nortex

lol

A very nice place. FRoasis


14 posted on 07/07/2014 9:52:42 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL
let them starve or eat each other

The Zombie Apocalypse. Brains are full of carbs.

15 posted on 07/07/2014 9:53:47 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Steelfish

Don’t harsh my buzz, man.


16 posted on 07/07/2014 9:54:43 PM PDT by Citizen Zed ("Freedom costs a buck o five" - Gary Johnston, TAWP)
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To: GeronL

If this article is correct, it’s not a matter of potheads dying from starvation, but from dehydration. Potheads are weak enough to die willingly for a fleeting feeling.


17 posted on 07/07/2014 9:59:49 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obama wants his suicidal worshipers to become suicidal bombers.)
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To: Steelfish
California cannabis growers may be making millions, but their thirsty plants are sucking up a priceless resource: water. Now scientists say that if no action is taken in the drought-wracked state, the consequences for fisheries and wildlife will be dire.

LOL. Wow, so that's all the drug warriors have left?

 

18 posted on 07/07/2014 10:06:10 PM PDT by zeugma (It is time for us to start playing cowboys and muslims for real now.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

The wine snobs in Napa and Sonoma counties take way more water out of the Eel than the pot growers.


19 posted on 07/07/2014 10:07:16 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Steelfish

When they have to start importing water to grow the pot, the poor won’t be able to afford it.


20 posted on 07/07/2014 10:14:38 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: freekitty

Hmmm. Catch a buzz? Or save the snail darter? That “or” s**t is harsh, man.


21 posted on 07/07/2014 10:17:44 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Steelfish

So pot-head hippies are dangerous for the enviroment? Who knew?


22 posted on 07/07/2014 10:29:54 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tryranny)
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To: Steelfish

Not a big pot supporter. But I believe this as much as I believe in global warming.


23 posted on 07/07/2014 10:30:25 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Steelfish

It takes a scientist to explain the them plants need water?


24 posted on 07/07/2014 10:31:36 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Pot plants needs 6 gal.of water each a day? BS-——
I doubt if they need that much in a week.


25 posted on 07/07/2014 10:50:05 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tryranny)
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To: Steelfish

Waiting for the Bureau of Land Management SWAT team raid a pot farm to save the water for a snail darter .... waiting.... waiting....


26 posted on 07/07/2014 10:58:14 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: tflabo; mmichaels1970

Ya ever notice people suddenly believe NBC, CBS KAKA when it fits their own personal agendas?


27 posted on 07/07/2014 10:59:07 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Steelfish
This says 1 gallon per plant daily =>

Denver Relief is considered a medium-size grower, and it is based in a 13,000-square-foot (1,200 sq m) warehouse, where 2,000 pot plants require 62,000 watts of power and 2,000 gallons (7,570 liters) of filtered water each day.

http://business.time.com/2013/01/08/187000-pounds-of-marijuana-annually-legal-pot-business-to-bloom-in-washington/

28 posted on 07/07/2014 11:19:54 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Steelfish

156,000 gallons per day doesn’t seem all that much for a river that has an average discharge of over 9,000 cubic feet per second.


29 posted on 07/07/2014 11:25:25 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Steelfish

Everything Liberals touch, dies


30 posted on 07/07/2014 11:43:11 PM PDT by Rock Eye Jack
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To: Scrambler Bob

Sure. I can’t wait to watch you prove that.


31 posted on 07/07/2014 11:43:28 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: Steelfish

Just more leftist BS.

In some communities, “water police” go from door to door to enforce water restrictions. Homeowners are forbidden to water their lawns except under the most rigid constraints. Sacramento offers an “app” so people can turn in neighbors to the water authorities.

And yet, knowing full well we are facing a devastating drought and that our dwindling water supply will be desperately needed by our people this summer, over the past several weeks the Bureau of Reclamation has released more than 70,000 acre feet of water from dams on the American and Stanislaus rivers to meet environmental demands that place fish above people.

That is enough water to meet the ANNUAL needs of a city of half a million people - all sacrificed in order to flush salmon smolts to the ocean (where they tend to swim anyway) and to keep the river at just the right temperature for the comfort of the fish.

If a homeowner is caught with a one gallon puddle on his lawn on the wrong day, he can be severely fined. But the government thinks nothing of flushing 23 billion gallons of desperately needed water this past month for the comfort and convenience of the fish.

http://www.tommcclintock.com/blog/putting-fish-before-people


32 posted on 07/08/2014 12:12:01 AM PDT by 1035rep
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To: steve86

I’m really confused. They’re allowed to grow the marijuana freely in California now, or are these on Federal land?

Got up this morning, as always, cup of black in hand. Perfusing the FR headlines.

This country has gone to hell in a hand basket.....no doubt....


33 posted on 07/08/2014 2:06:47 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Steelfish

So are water guzzling illegal invaders.


34 posted on 07/08/2014 2:33:59 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: Steelfish

I guess we found a topic where FReepers can get in bed with the tree huggers.


35 posted on 07/08/2014 4:24:23 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Scrambler Bob

36 posted on 07/08/2014 4:31:26 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: mmichaels1970
Not a big pot supporter. But I believe this as much as I believe in global warming.

I agree on both counts. This has all the markings of a 100% liberal BS fantasy.

37 posted on 07/08/2014 4:37:10 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: VerySadAmerican

“When they have to start importing water to grow the pot, the poor won’t be able to afford it.

This looks like a job for Bathhouse Barry and his magic pen! We’ve just got to make sure that the diseased, criminal illegal aliens they’re shipping in can get their daily toke. It’s a human right!


38 posted on 07/08/2014 4:41:04 AM PDT by Cato in PA (Resist!)
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To: dragnet2
Ya ever notice people suddenly believe NBC, CBS KAKA when it fits their own personal agendas?

Yes. I always keep that in the back of my mind when listening to the media and to scientists.
39 posted on 07/08/2014 5:58:04 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Steelfish

So what should we do about the 1,100 golf courses in Cali that each require 300,000 gallons of water per day?


40 posted on 07/08/2014 6:21:23 AM PDT by H8Libs
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To: H8Libs
I read that Colorado has 4.5M sq ft of licensed growing space. Using the figures in post #28, it works out to around 700,000 gallons/day for the entire CO pot crop.

Seems quite modest for a multi-billion dollar industry.

41 posted on 07/08/2014 7:07:05 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Telepathic Intruder

6 gallons a day? My bug man was telling me the other day that a lot of his customers have pot plants. lol I seriously doubt if they are using 6 gallons a day to water each plant....and it has been 106 degrees here.


42 posted on 07/08/2014 8:05:08 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Steelfish
Is it sick to think that this is really, really funny?

"Junior, there are no fish or meat or fruit or vegetables anymore. Shut up and toke up".

43 posted on 07/08/2014 8:08:43 AM PDT by grania
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To: sheana
At 6 gallons a day, it sounds like they have a bit of a drinking problem.


44 posted on 07/08/2014 9:10:09 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: ModelBreaker

Don’t understand a word you said?


45 posted on 07/08/2014 12:57:44 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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