Illegal Pumping Leads to Marijuana Bust – But Is It Too Late for the Fish?

Illegal Water Diversion

…what often occurs is that as one pool is drained, the intake and sometimes the pump is moved to another pool—repeatedly sucking away entire fish habitats. As the water disappears, predators move in. Egrets, blue herons and raccoons will eat every single fish. Sometimes the person pumping doesn’t adequately screen the intake valve and small creatures are vacuumed up to die. Fish that do manage to evade the predators are left to gasp in increasingly shallower pools. Then they suffocate and die. Scavengers then eat their bodies leaving only the shrinking damp spot as a gravestone to the creek teeming with life that once flourished.

Read the full article in the Lost Coast Outpost