Cannabis Restoration Grant Program

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The Cannabis Restoration Grant Program will provide opportunities to develop partnerships for the cleanup, remediation, and restoration of sites affected by cannabis cultivation, and related activities.

Announcements

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Overview

California's fish and wildlife are severely impacted by illicit cannabis cultivation practices including unlawful water diversions for irrigation, conversion of lands, poaching, and use of prohibited herbicides, rodenticides, and other environmental contaminants. Learn about how cannabis cultivation can impact the environment.

Example of large amounts of concentrated fertilizers at a trespass site (top left), pre-reclamation photo of a black bear rummaging through trash at a camp (top right), example of anticoagulant rodenticide discovered at a site (bottom left), and lined cistern capable of storing 9,116 gallons (bottom right)
Example of large amounts of concentrated fertilizers at a trespass site (top left), pre-reclamation photo of a black bear rummaging through trash at a camp (top right), example of anticoagulant rodenticide discovered at a site (bottom left), and lined cistern capable of storing 9,116 gallons (bottom right). Photos courtesy of the Watershed Restoration Grant Program and Integral Ecology Research Center.

In 2017, Assembly Bill 243 (Wood, Medical Marijuana) provided direction to CDFW to restore watersheds impacted by cannabis cultivation in key areas of coastal Northern California. CDFW granted funds to four implementation projects, totaling approximately $1.3 million, for refuse and infrastructure removal, and replanting efforts.

In early 2020, through the Environmental Restoration and Protection Account and pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code section 34019(f)(2), a planing project was approved for approximately $1.1 million in grant fund to help restore the upper Eel River, which has been impacted by cannabis cultivation. See links below for further project details.

Currently, the Cannabis Restoration Grant Program has the opportunity to grant funds in support of partnerships to clean-up, remediate, and restore watersheds affected by cannabis cultivation, and related activities.

Focus

The Cannabis Restoration Grant Program is exploring multiple funding opportunities for FY 2020-2021. More information will be provided as development continues.

Timeline

Winter 2020.

Refuse and irrigation piping removed and organized (left and top right) for helicopter removal from the Bull Creek Watershed (bottom right)
Refuse and irrigation piping removed and organized (left and top right) for helicopter removal from the Bull Creek Watershed (bottom right). Photos courtesy of the Watershed Restoration Grant Program and Eel River Watershed Improvement Group.



See the Cannabis Program webpage for information relevant to environmental review and permitting of cannabis.

Completed Cannabis Restoration Grants

Current Cannabis Restoration Grants