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Los Angeles Drought Status Update by a Los Angeles Realtor Endre Barath, Jr.

We have had water conservation for a few years now and the city as well as the state has created incentives for home owners to create ‘Drought Tolerant’ aka water conserving lawns. I have been grousing about this program for the past three years to Diane. I was of the belief system, it would be better for everyone to go and recycle their waste water that is going into the ocean instead of pulling out the grass in their front yard. Clearly recycled water could be used to keep trees, lawns and all vegetation in better condition. Many people that I mentioned this idea thought, I was off my rocker and was promoting “politically incorrect ideas”.

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Well here comes the latest University of Southern California (USC) Report, which is vindicating me and confirming, that I was not crazy, rather ahead of the politically correct club. Researcher at USC discovered that drought resistant landscaping increases temperatures in the area and does not help to retain precipitation the same way as grass lawns do. So as far as I am concerned this report vindicates my position. I find it ironic that many home owners who have the plants which require less water between all the “rock gardens” are forced to water more otherwise these plants “fry” from the heat that is generated from the “rocks”.

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On a side note, many people also do not realize, that approximately 70 per cent of the fresh water that is in Los Angeles is imported from other parts of California and even from out of State. So maybe it would be more prudent and beneficial to focus on recycling water that we are buying, than just let it if flow  out into the ocean.

I find it ironic, how many politicians as well as community activists were focusing on the wrong direction. The rebates they created gave the incentive to rip out the lawns, but they should have focused on the Pros & Cons of what the tradeoffs were going to be before implementing such policies. They should have spent research as to how it would influence the environment in the long run.

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Now here we are and there are many people of the misconception that the drought is over, just because it has rained a lot in the past 30 days. The reality is this is what a normal winter precipitation should be for an average year. Hence it will take years to get back on track, provided the next few years will have similar precipitation in Los Angeles. I also blame the drought resistant lawn program that is not be beneficial for Los Angeles which will delay the recovery from the drought that we have been experiencing. As always I look forward to your input.

Now if you are considering buying or selling a property in the greater Los Angeles area and you are looking for a Realtor who will give you all the Pros & Cons, so you can make an intelligent decision, please reach out to me directly.

 

 

If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 (m) or homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at  http://www.endrebarath.com.  I am a Pet Friendly Realtor and I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.

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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Endre

I really liked this post, for the reality check it provides.

The drought is NOT over, although things have improved significantly. We are thankful for the rain but we still need to be mindful of water comsumption.

Also, what you said about drought tolerant plantings, landscape, and especially artificial is so true. I did some reading on this and the increased temperatures with artificial turf and rocks can mean mean more watering may be needed, among other issues.

Jeff

Jan 15, 2017 09:01 PM #1
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Nancy Laswick
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr. Water conservation is a huge issue here in Arizona and one that politicians are afraid to go near. Meaningful science based water policies will only be enacted when we face water rationing.

Jan 15, 2017 09:15 PM #2
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Jeff Dowler  thank you for your kind words, Endre

Jan 15, 2017 09:40 PM #3
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Nancy Laswick  yes politicians run from controversial topics, like to be in the safe zone:))Endre

Jan 15, 2017 09:41 PM #4
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Unfortunate that folks with little knowledge of science or common sense are often in charge of setting policy. 

We see this in all areas including Forestry, the environment and Real Estate.

 

Jan 15, 2017 09:58 PM #5
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Diana Zaccaro
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Endre, You are spot on with your idea of recycling waste water for irrigation. The City of Cocoa Beach has been doing this for at least 25 years now and over 90% of the treated wastewater is used for irrigation. Our reclaimed water is used for residential lawns, the golf course and green space in the city. I'm a bit surprised that we are ahead of Cali on this!

We are encouraged to landscape with native and drought tolerant plants as well but I have never noticed (or maybe just did not pay attention) to the impact of the drought tolerant plantings. Diana

 

Jan 15, 2017 10:05 PM #6
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Interesting infromation on the retention of water and the downside of the 'water friendly' landscaping.  Ahhh...politics and all that is encompassed.  Mark

Jan 16, 2017 03:36 AM #7
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Endre -- I recall having a similar conversation last with another agent in one of those rare rainy broker caravan days.  It seems as if we often use the idea du jour to devise a program to "solve" an issue when more thoughtful consideration can lead to a more reasonable solution.   

Jan 16, 2017 08:53 AM #8
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I guess doing all the best we can hear out in LA when I'm there. I just do my best to follow the guidelines.

Jan 16, 2017 10:49 PM #9
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Bob Crane  I guess I am preaching to the Choir based on your comment, how could we get the powers to be... to listen or get smarter about it? any ideas?? Endre

Jan 16, 2017 11:08 PM #10
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Diana Zaccaro  we do it everywhere accept for Residential Properties and that is where it truly would benefit, Endre

Jan 16, 2017 11:09 PM #11
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint  it always comes down to Politics and who can benefit more....Endre

Jan 16, 2017 11:10 PM #12
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Michael Jacobs  it is sad that the head is used more for a hat rack instead of thought:))Endre

Jan 16, 2017 11:12 PM #13
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Laura Cerrano  that is a good start but when the guidelines are not wise what do you then??Endre

Jan 16, 2017 11:13 PM #14
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Hello Endre

Get rid of the grass and grow desert plants like in Vegas VB is not into mowing grass and your post has been featured to the group:

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Jan 17, 2017 07:47 PM #15
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz  thank you for the Feature, now keep in mind I do not do my own mowing I have people for that:)) like in Vegas:))Endre

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