CDFW & Partner Agencies Conclude Operation Yurok in Humboldt County

Marijuana Eradication Effort Focused on Misuse of Water and Habitat

“Operation Yurok”
“Operation Yurok”
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California -(AmmoLand.com)- Officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently participated in a large-scale, multi-agency operation to address the devastating effects of illegal marijuana cultivation on fish, wildlife and the environment in northern California’s watersheds.

The four-day mission concluded Thursday, July 16.

Allied law enforcement agencies including the State Water Resources Control Board, Yurok Tribal Police, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and federal law enforcement teamed with CDFW wildlife officers to serve dozens of search warrants, investigate pollution and water diversion crimes, and eradicate numerous marijuana plants as part of the joint effort dubbed “Operation Yurok.”

More than 100 environmental violations of the Fish and Game Code were discovered and eight suspects were arrested. Charges are pending for additional suspects.

“This operation was about more than just the criminality of marijuana cultivation,” said Lieutenant DeWayne Little of CDFW’s Watershed Enforcement Team (WET). “At its roots, it was about protection of the environment.”

Created by CDFW in the last year, WET is comprised of both law enforcement officers and biologists, whose primary mission is to take an all-encompassing approach to investigating and protecting waterways from diversion, obstructions, alteration, pollution and litter.

During this period of unprecedented drought, water conservation is gravely important. An average mature marijuana plant consumes an estimated six to 12 gallons of water per day.

“Operation Yurok”
“Operation Yurok”

“Operation Yurok” teams eradicated more than 29,000 thirsty marijuana plants from the area, which equates to hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per day that will no longer be diverted and prevented from feeding the nearby Klamath River. The Klamath River is considered by the locals to be the lifeline for many people. Water flows from the river must be great enough to sustain local drinking water needs and support successful salmon runs, which equate to a food source for the local Yurok tribe.

Yurok Tribal members and other locals have expressed great concern about illegal marijuana grows in the area, due to the Klamath River’s historic low levels.

About the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) manages California’s diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend.

For more information, visit: www.wildlife.ca.gov.

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What is the point? If you deport them, they will be back in less than five days. Damn shame we can’t just shoot them.
Oh that’s right, it is against a law that they will enforce. Sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Janek
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When the ‘Liberal Left’s’ policies and programs end in disaster they always find a way to blame someone or something else.

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FIRST… “They..” unlawfully and without any public comment or public hearings… CHANGE their name from The Dept of FISH and Game… To now include all wildlife… SO… “THEY..” can now become The Enviro-Police instead of just regulating Hinting and Fishing and trying to improve them… NEXT… In a state where Pot is sold everywhere and accepted… “THEY..” go after some guys growing Pot… OUR CA fishing licenses are the most expensive in the country while offering crappy fishing… Trout plants are way down and the size of the planted fish goes DOWN every year… WHILE MORE unwarranted and unworkable plans… Read more »

Rattlerjake
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Rattlerjake

Very well stated!

TEX
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TEX

I’m not defending these illegal marihuana grows at all. Mature marihuana plants don’t use any or require any more water than any other mature legal crops do. There are a lot of major farming operations in that area using the same water source in drought situations.They make it sound like because it’s marijuana,it pollutes the environment and sucks up all the water,..nonsense. Although there is some major litter and dumping going on in the area.

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Just the local vegetation uses the same amount or more water. This kind of claim is fabricated to create more justification for their drug enforcement programs. If marijuana was legalized, NONE of this illegal activity would be happening because people would simply grow a plant or two in their garden. It is all nothing but a racket like was created with prohibition of alcohol!