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Landscape Symposia Report Now Available

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The Council is pleased to announce the publication of the 2014 Landscape Symposia Report.  The report captures the proceedings of the two gatherings held in May that were intended to accelerate the pace of change toward more sustainable landscapes in California.  The Council has developed a vision for a new norm in California landscapes that is meant to be a system-wide upgrade to the urban environment.  The Council is eager work with its present and future partners as we encourage Californians to change their relationship with their urban landscape.  Our thanks to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for funding the production of this report.  Click here to visit the landscape page and download the report.

JOHN MOIR: Living the water-rationing life

Monday, September 15, 2014

As another disappointing rainy season drew to a close this spring, I began a new household chore. I walked across the parched and withered remnants of our front lawn and used a hefty screwdriver to lift the concrete cover off our water meter box. Brushing aside the cobwebs, I recorded the latest numbers from the analog dial. It's a task that I have repeated every week or two throughout the summer.

Read the full story:
http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/opinion/hot-topics/x635030329/Living-the-water-rationing-life


Should construction continue during extended drought?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rebecca Schuelke Hertsgaard, an adjunct professor at College of the Desert, asks a good question in our You’ve Got Issues Facebook group: When citizens are being asked to cut water use by 20 percent, why do cities keep approving new development?

Read the full story:
http://www.desertsun.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/09/15/got-issues-building-drought/15653785/


California Residents Seek Drought-Friendly Lawns

Monday, September 15, 2014

More southern Californians are ripping up the grass in their lawns to plant drought-resistant plants, or to keep that green lush look, installing fake grass.

Read the full story:
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/955963-california-residents-seek-drought-friendly-lawns/


Environmentalists: San Diego’s Watering Down Drought Rules

Monday, September 15, 2014

Unlike most water sellers in the county, San Diego doesn’t limit the number of days per week that residents can irrigate their lawns and gardens. An environmental group is calling foul, accusing the city of ignoring new statewide restrictions on water use amid a worsening drought.

Read the full story:
http://voiceofsandiego.org/2014/09/15/environmentalists-san-diegos-watering-down-the-states-new-drought-rules/

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