Pubdate: Thu, 06 Aug 2015
Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA)
Copyright: 2015 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: Nancy Royball


Commercial pot growers worsen drought conditions in Butte County. 
Marijuana's high water demands deplete wells, and growers divert or 
transport it to stay afloat until harvest season. The groundwater 
supplies in foothill communities cannot sustain noncompliant pot 
cultivation. The Office of Emergency Management has stepped in to 
provide life-saving water needs for families.

Citizens can help too. Ordinance 4075 (Measure A) is only enforced if 
illegal grows are reported to Butte County code enforcement. The 
process is reactive (complaint-driven). Call Butte County's anonymous 
tip line (538-6000) to report noncompliant marijuana-growing 
activities or print a medical marijuana cultivation complaint form at to drop off at code enforcement.

A dedicated team of CEOs (code enforcement officers) make site 
inspections to ensure compliance. Butte County sheriff's deputies 
accompany them to assure safety. They are all doing a tremendous job 
enforcing Measure A. The final perk is water saved for people and wildlife.

Nancy Royball

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