Jun 15, 2015 7:28 PM by Associated Press, File Photo
Water regulators have fined the owner of a former marijuana farm and an excavation company $297,400 for fouling a creek while preparing a piece of land west of Redding for pot-growing.
State Water Resources Control Board attorney Yvonne West said the fine announced Friday was the first to result from the work of a multi-agency pilot project charged with reducing the negative impact of marijuana cultivation on California's waterways.
West says extensive grading work was done without permits or erosion-control measures on the property about 20 miles west of Redding to make room for level planting areas and a road, causing sediment to flow into the creek when it rained.
Officials learned about the farm from Shasta County sheriff's deputies who raided the site in October and destroyed about 100 plants growing there.
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