Cannabis grower pleads guilty to felony environmental violationsPosted by On

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Michael Silva, 37, of Cazadero pled guilty to three felony counts related to environmental violations on property where he was growing 1,450 cannabis plants without environmental permits. Silva entered the pleas on October 14, 2020 Pursuant to an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, he will perform remediation, 300 hours of community service, obtain the correct permits, and satisfy other requirements related to his cultivation activities on his Cazadero property, with the understanding the felony charges will be dismissed upon completion in a year. 

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Mark Urioste took the defendant’s pleas to felony cultivation with environmental violations that included water diversion, streambed alteration, water pollution, and failing to obtain the necessary permits from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, State Water Resources Control Board, and North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Silva also pleaded guilty to two…

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