Property owner fined for water quality violations at cannabis grow site

A Shasta County property owner accused of missing mandatory clean-up action deadlines at his former cannabis grow site has reached a $25,000 settlement with the Central Valley Water Board according to a statement on the State Water Resources Control Board website.

The statement identifies property owner Kyle Terborg, as having missed several deadlines to complete cleanup actions after board inspectors found evidence of water quality impacts related to the development and operation of cannabis cultivation on the property.

According to board inspectors, the dirt access road at the property was the source of stormwater runoff during heavy rains and was discharging sediment to nearby watercourses.

“Board staff has gone to great lengths to work with Mr. Terborg. This settlement reflects those efforts and Mr. Terborg’s willingness to engage with staff and complete required cleanup actions,” said Clint Snyder, assistant executive officer of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Redding office. The investigation and enforcement actions are the result of a multiagency effort formed to address the adverse environmental impacts caused by cannabis cultivation.

After being notified of the proposed fine, Terborg followed board staff recommendations and completed the required cleanup actions.

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