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Fish and wildlife resources are held in trust for the people of the State by and through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). CDFW is concerned with activities associated with cannabis cultivation and the effects on fish and wildlife resources. Cannabis cultivation activities that can have adverse impacts include, but are not limited to, diversion of water, land clearing such as timber conversion, road construction and stream crossings, riparian vegetation removal, and introduction of pollutants (fertilizers, amendments and pesti cides) into waterways and other habitats.

To ensure that such activities do not adversely impact fish and wildlife resources, CDFW is engaged in environmental review and permitting, enforcement, and coordination with other agencies developing and implementing regulatory programs for cannabis cultivation.


New! Online Notification Now Available for Cannabis Cultivation Projects

New! Effective January 2, 2018, cannabis cultivators may apply for a General Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement for Activities Related to Cannabis Cultivation (General Agreement). The General Agreement applies only to the construction, reconstruction, maintenance, or repair of Stream Crossings, in the form of a bridge, culvert, or rock ford, and Water Diversions on non-finfish rivers, streams, and lakes that is used or will be used for the purpose of Cannabis Cultivation.

Learn more about cannabis cultivation and the LSA Program



CDFW Water Branch
830 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-8576