GRASS VALLEY, CA, AUGUST 6, 2014 Americans for Safe Access - Nevada County is offering a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the North San Juan water thief. The reward was offered by an ASA member who was rightfully outraged by the theft of water from the Grizzly Hill School, the North San Juan Cultural Center, the Family Resource Center, Ananda Village and the fire department.
ASA-NC is encouraging other civic minded organizations to step up by adding to the bounty to catch the culprits.
“Regardless whether the thief was done by an illegal marijuana grower or a criminal with a different agenda, we deplore these practices,” stated ASA-NC Chair Patricia Smith. “We hold seminars on being good neighbors and recently hosted Kristin Nevedal of the Northern California Farmers Association on using water responsibly during the drought - and that doesn’t include stealing it from other people.”
Good Growing Guidelines
Nevedal shattered a long held notion that marijuana require more water than other crops and added that overwatering can be counterproductive to raising healthy plants. “Overwatering leads to mold and other problems like branches that break easily from excessive weight caused by moisture trapped inside the limbs, she reported.”
Comparing the water needs of marijuana plants to other crops is difficult as conditions vary from region to region, but the US Department of Agriculture lists the amount of water various crops need in their “Washington Water Irrigation Guide.” (http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/members/determining-marijuana-s-effect-on-local-agriculture-figuring-out-water/article_0afd517a-b6e0-11e3-9e45-001a4bcf887a.html)
According to the guide, alfalfa would need about 30 inches of irrigation. Grapes, 23 inches; sweet corn, 20 inches; apples, 30-38 inches depending on cover; and pasture or turf, 31 inches. Hemp, which is virtually identical to the breeds of cannabis used as a drug, uses about 12-15 inches of water per growing season, according to the report.
Be Safe Out There
ASA-NC asks the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. Do not directly engage anyone suspected of stealing water. Write down the license plate number, the make and color of the vehicle, note the location and time of day, then call 911.