The Alternate Water Sources Working Group in Sonoma County featured two speakers at its September 18, 2018, meeting, including our very own Hollie Hall, PhD. She gave a talk called “Water Use on Cannabis Farms” where she shared her knowledge of issues and opportunities that legal cannabis growers face: water sourcing issues, water quality issues,…
Feed your Soil, Save the Planet Hollie Hall, PhD, is excited to share her knowledge of sun grown cannabis with people from around the world at Burning Man 2018. The details of her hour-long presentation are included below. Friday, August 31, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Feed your Soil, Save the Planet – In…
Monarch butterflies travel thousands of miles during their migration across the world, and they have fewer and fewer places to go when they make the trip. These beautiful insects are at a record low in population, and your garden can help just by adding a few plants. Learn how with these resources: 5 Spring Plants…
The Compliant Farms Watershed Fund, financed by environmentally-minded cannabis farmers, is proud to fund an acre for the Save the Van Arken project to permanently protect the bio-diverse headwaters of the Mattole River. The Van Arken Watershed is in the heart of the Mattole River headwaters and spans 1,650 acres in Humboldt County, California. This…
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BASIC CONCEPTS OF GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY
BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
A Prosperous Economy and a Healthy Environment.
Seeking Balance and Sustainability in Nothern California’s “Green Rush”.
CANNABIS CULTIVATION BUFFERS
Surface and Subsurface Discharge Remediation
Cannabis cultivation can be a source of both surface (sediment) and subsurface (nitrogen) discharge that threatens water quality. However, with remediation buffers, cultivation sites can mitigate discharge, improve watershed health and produce a rich source of compost.
COMPLIANT FARMS COMMENTS PROPOSED ORDINANCE POLICY AREAS AND DISCUSSION ITEMS
ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN CANNABIS CULTIVATION
FUEL LOAD REDUCTION
A Holistic Approach to Watershed Health
- Increases forage
- Opens corridors
- Reduces fungal and pest populations
- Saves water
- Saves time
- Conserves energy
- Encourages healthy product use
- Extends life of septic systems
A Living System of Water Storage
Too often ponds are designed exclusively for water storage; however, with this linear design perspective, ponds become more maintenance than asset. Ponds design with guidance from nature are clean stable environments that provide water for agriculture, recreation and habitat enhancement.
Integrated Management for Preventing Discharge and Enhancing In-Stream Flows
- Rolling Dips
- Natural Margins
RURAL PROPERTY SEASONAL TIMELINE
RURAL WATER SYSTEM PROTOCOL
SITE DESIGN FOR CANNABIS CULTIVATION
Buffers, off-season protocols, native hedgerows and rainwater harvesting and cachment systems are the key to mitigating the potential for sediment and nitrogeneous waste discharge from cultivated sites. Employing such strategies also reduces supplemental nutrient costs, eliminates the need for diversions, decreases the total volume required for irrigation and enhances in-stream flows.
WILDFIRE AND FUEL MANAGEMENT
WILDFIRE-FRIENDLY EROSION CONTROL
Wildlife entanglement in, and death from, plastic netting and other man-made plastic materials has been documented in birds...