MENDOCINO CO., 8/23/18 — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board are organizing a series of public "open houses" to help educate cannabis business owners and cultivators about new regulations. The public open houses will take place in Fortuna, Redway, and Ukiah over the next several weeks. The meetings will feature an overview of current regulations, as well as provide the public with the opportunity to ask questions and speak with staff from a number of different cannabis regulatory agencies.
The meeting in Mendocino County will take place in Ukiah on September 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at 200 South State Street.
The CDFW and the regional waterboards are tasked with ensuring that cannabis cultivators and businesses are following current regulations to protect water quality and the environment, including having the required permits for water rights and discharge permits. These agencies are currently undertaking enforcement actions across the North Coast to see if cannabis businesses are actually following the requirements. Staff will also be available to speak with cannabis farmers and business owners about the specifics of their individual projects, sites, and water sources, and computers will be available so people can research water rights and submit permit applications during the open house.
The meetings will also include representatives from CalCannabis, the division of the California Department of Food & Agriculture which regulates cannabis cultivators, staff from the Department of Pesticide Regulation, and staff from local agencies such as the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District, who can provide advice about best practices for cannabis businesses to protect the environment and natural resources.
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