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The Green Rush: Marijuana Cultivation Impacts and Opportunities in Northern California's 'Emerald Triangle'

Monday, February 12
1:40 PM - 2:40 PM

PDH: 1

Location: 103B

Level of Presentation: All: Suitable for a broad audience

This session will elucidate trends, impacts, and opportunities for stormwater professionals in California’s newly legalized marijuana cultivation industry using Northern California’s “Emerald Triangle” as a case study.

This session will elucidate trends, impacts, and opportunities for stormwater professionals in California's newly legalized marijuana cultivation industry using Northern California's "Emerald Triangle" as a case study.

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Target Audience: Consultant,Contractor,Government Agency,Storm Water

Craig S. Benson

Director
Redwood Community Action Agency

Mr. Craig Benson has 25 years of professional experience in a wide variety of watershed management, ecological restoration, agro-ecological planning, erosion control, and forest improvement projects in the United States, West Africa, and South America. Regionally, Mr. Benson has contracted with federal, state and county agencies, parks and open space districts, as well as with private landowners and Indian Tribes in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of more than 350 ecological restoration projects and 15 watershed assessments in 30 California counties. Projects have included watershed analysis & assessment, hydrologic restoration, vegetation management, riparian stream restoration, riparian buffer zone design, soil bioengineering, constructed wetlands, fisheries and wildlife habitat enhancement, erosion control planning, soil phytoremediation, agroforestry, and agroecological restoration. A portion of these projects have included stormwater management and NPDES permit compliance, particularly the development of Non-point Source Pollution Plans, stormwater management plans (SWMPs) and stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs). Over the last decade, Mr. Benson has focused primarily on acquiring grant funding to assemble science and engineering teams to assess watersheds in the Pacific Northwest, develop watershed management plans, TMDL Compliance Plans, and implement riverine and estuarine restoration projects. Closer to home in Eureka, CA, Mr. Benson has facilitated participatory processes leading to the completion of landscape-scale efforts including the Humboldt Bay Climate Change Initiative and Sea Level Rise Adaption Plan (HBI, 2016).

Mr. Benson is the Director of the Natural Resources Services Division of the Redwood Community Action Agency and is a lecturer in the Department of Environmental Sciences & Management at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. Craig is a two-time past President of the Western Chapter IECA and is serving his second term on the region 1 IECA Board of Directors as the Vice President of International Development.

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