As Water Board Assistant Executive Officer David Leland explained, "The permit that we're developing will address the discharges of waste from these activities," while in the process remaining neutral and not asking questions about the legality of any cultivation.
Hiring is currently still underway to staff the program, and should be done by the end of this month, according to Leland
As described by Leland
, at a presentation in Yreka, several weeks ago, "The office of enforcement has been talking to boards of supervisors and sheriffs in several counties in both Regions 1 and 5 to learn about their current task forces and marijuana enforcement programs, and discuss ways we can work together with our increased program resources."
However, the program isn't focusing on enforcement.
Instead, as Leland
explained, "Our regulatory program will apply to persons cultivating marijuana on private lands, and it will include conditions and provisions for site development, maintenance, operations, and cleanup as applicable.
, describing the program and the work the board has done to roll it out, "We're excited about this opportunity to really raise the awareness of the impacts of these activates and to work with the communities to address them."