In this undated photo released by Butte County Department of Public Works, marijuana grading violations are seen on a hillside less than 1,000 feet from the west branch of the Feather River off of

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In this undated photo released by Butte County Department of Public Works, marijuana grading violations are seen on a hillside less than 1,000 feet from the west branch of the Feather River off of Jordan Hill Road in the Concow area in Butte County, Calif. With parts of Northern California’s scenic hillsides illegally gouged by bulldozers for marijuana growing, frustrated local officials asked the state for help to protect tributaries of the Sacramento River from runoff of sediment and the chemicals used on plants. The Butte County supervisors hoped to charge growers with tougher penalties under federal and state clean water regulations than the grading infractions local officials could impose if the gardens were legal under state medical marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Butte County Department of Public Works) less 

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Associated Press
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 8:14 PM EDT