Americans for Safe Access Nevada County is offering a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the water thieves on the San Juan Ridge. The reward was offered by an ASA member who was outraged by the theft of water from the Grizzly Hill School, the North San Juan Cultural Center, the Family Resource Center, Ananda Village and the fire department.
ASA-NC is encouraging other civic-minded organizations to step up by adding to the bounty to catch the culprits.
“Regardless of whether the theft was done by an illegal marijuana grower or a criminal with a different agenda, we deplore these practices,” said ASA-NC Chair Patricia Smith. “We hold seminars on being good neighbors and recently hosted Kristin Nevedal of the Northern California Farmers Association on using water responsibly during the drought — and that doesn’t include stealing it from other people.”
ASA-NC asks the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. Do not directly engage anyone suspected of stealing water. Write down the license plate number, the make and color of the vehicle, note the location and time of day, then call 911.