The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Marijuana Eradication Team and CA Fish and Game will be coordinating a clean up of several areas on Mt. Hamilton, used to cultivate marijuana in 2006. The clean up plan is to be performed on Sunday, March 18, 2007, by volunteers from the Boy Scouts, Sheriff's Office Youth Cadets, Sheriff's Office Reserve Division, CA Fish and Game and Sheriff’s Office Deputies. The cultivation sites scheduled for clean up are located on or alongside University of California Santa Cruz property at the Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton.
The purpose of the clean up is to restore blocked creeks and waterways. By removing plastic pipe and tarps from waterways and cultivation sites, cleaning up trash left at grower campsites, we hope to prevent further erosion and possibly identify chemical dumpsites, which may require further attention from Hazmat Specialists. Hopefully, the clean up effort will also deter marijuana cultivators from returning to areas where supplies exist and from causing further damage to the once pristine area. Especially since, the new grow season is approaching this spring.
The Sheriff’s command post will be located approximately four miles east of the Lick Observatory on San Antone Valley Road in Unincorporated Santa Clara County. Press members are welcome to attend.
The Marijuana Eradication Team is part of the Special Operations Division inside the Sheriff’s Office. They focus on cleaning up cultivations sites by either cutting down new marijuana gardens or by removing the garbage and chemicals left from growers. Grant monies provided by the state often support their efforts.