Pubdate: Sun, 06 Dec 2015
Source: Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR)
Copyright: 2015 The Mail Tribune
Note: Only prints LTEs from within it's circulation area, 200 word count limit
Author: Margaret Bradburn


The Rogue Valley is in a severe drought, and I feel local government 
officials should monitor all water usage. One particular concern is 
over water used to grow marijuana.

According to the Mail Tribune, there are 6,070 licensed marijuana 
growers in Jackson County. I believe each plant uses about one gallon 
of water daily. Add this up and the outlook for sustainable water is grim.

When water tables go down, wells dry up or may get contaminated with 
large levels of chemicals such as arsenic. Eventually, low levels may 
lead to rationing of household water. This will affect all citizens.

There is the possibility the natural landscape will also dry up 
leading to blowing dust and the prevalence of wildfires. 
Unfortunately, I speak from experience.

Our government officials are at the crossroads. Officials should act 
now to monitor water usage on all properties whether cannabis farms 
or households. We are facing a countywide catastrophe.

Margaret Bradburn

Eagle Point
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