Stop Harming Watersheds With Large-Scale Marijuana Cultivation

Target: Gavin Newsom, Governor of California

Goal: Mitigate the environmental damage caused by marijuana cultivation in watersheds.

The cultivation of marijuana in California has seen a dramatic increase in recent years. This surge in production, while economically beneficial, has significantly impacted the delicate balance of the watersheds. Large-scale marijuana cultivation operations have been identified as a primary contributor to water pollution, habitat destruction, and resource depletion.

Environmental experts have consistently reported that these illicit cultivation sites, often hidden in remote areas, pose a grave threat to California’s precious watersheds. These operations rely heavily on illegal water diversions from streams and rivers, causing severe damage to aquatic ecosystems. The unregulated use of pesticides and fertilizers has contaminated water sources, harming both aquatic life and downstream communities.

Moreover, the extensive land clearing for these operations has led to deforestation and erosion, further degrading the watersheds. The consequences are dire and far-reaching, impacting the health of the rivers, wildlife, and the quality of drinking water for the communities.

Sign the petition below to demand swift and decisive action from Governor Gavin Newsom. It is imperative that the state enforces stricter regulations and dedicates resources to combat the environmental devastation caused by marijuana cultivation in the watersheds.


Dear Governor Newsom,

The environmental repercussions of rampant marijuana cultivation in California’s watersheds cannot be ignored. While recognizing the economic significance of this industry, it is paramount that we address the alarming damage it inflicts on precious natural resources.

The evidence is unequivocal – illegal marijuana cultivation sites are wreaking havoc on the watersheds. Unlawful water diversions, chemical contamination, and habitat destruction have become synonymous with this industry. The consequences of this environmental degradation extend beyond the ecological realm, affecting the livelihoods and well-being of Californians.

We implore you to take immediate action. Enforce stringent regulations, increase monitoring, and allocate resources to combat the detrimental impact of marijuana cultivation on watersheds. California’s environmental integrity and the welfare of its citizens depend on your leadership in this critical matter.


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