Comment on Humboldt County’s Cannabis Cultivation DEIR

We need your help.

Join Friends of the Eel River in demanding that Humboldt County establish cannabis cultivation regulations that actually protect our watershed.

Southern Humboldt Cannabis Cultivation 2015
Southern Humboldt grow sites in 2015.

Humboldt County’s Cannabis Cultivation Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is now available for review. We believe that the DEIR does not adequately address cumulative impacts from the thousands of cannabis cultivation sites currently in existence.

The county has failed to conduct thorough analysis of cannabis cultivation impacts, so we don’t have the data necessary to determine how much activity our landscape can handle. But we do know that fish are dying unnecessarily.

With only three staff members assigned to code enforcement, Humboldt County does not have the resources to enforce the ordinance, let alone enforce penalties for violators. The lack of resources dedicated to this issue sends a strong message that the county has very little interest in actually protecting our watershed.

Join us inĀ asking Humboldt County address the following issues:

  • Analyze cumulative impacts of cannabis cultivation on a watershed level in the DEIR
  • Reduce the size of permitted operations to 10,000 square feet for largest parcels
  • Provide the necessary staffing and funding to enforce the proposed ordinance.

Submit comments to the Humboldt County Planning & Building Department by 5pm Monday October 16.

Fill out the form below to send our sample comments along with your own words.

Steve Lazar, Senior Planner
Humboldt County Planning & Building Department
3015 H Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Via email

Dear Mr. Lazar:

Humboldt County has an important opportunity before it to establish meaningful regulations to protect our watersheds from the significant impacts of the commercial cannabis industry. I support using science and reality-based evidence to inform regulations that maintain and protect healthy rivers.

I request that Humboldt County analyze and disclose the cumulative impacts of cannabis cultivation on a watershed level. Un-permitted operations, which currently far outnumber permitted ones, must be included in this analysis, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act.

I also recommend that the size of permitted operations be limited to 10,000 square feet for the largest parcels.

With only three staff members assigned to code enforcement, Humboldt County does not have the resources to enforce the ordinance, let alone enforce penalties for violators. The lack of resources dedicated to this issue sends a strong message that the county has little interest in actually protecting our watershed.

Humboldt County has long been the leader of the, until now, illicit marijuana industry. With full legalization on the horizon, we must rise to the occasion and also become a leader in the transition to a more transparent and sustainable cannabis industry.

Thank you,

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