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”.
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”.
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.
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.
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