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The Drought, El Nino and Current Snowpack

Just last year, researchers were saying there was no end in sight for California’s recent drought. During the past four years—the driest the state has been in a half-century— reservoirs and lake levels plummeted, leaves on giant trees grew brittle, plants shriveled and groundwater was depleted through excessive pumping for agricultural use. But things are […]

How to Determine your Water Footprint?

People use lots of water for drinking, cooking and washing but even more is used for growing our food and for making our clothing, cars or computers. The water footprint concept measures the amount of water used to produce each of the goods and services we use. It can be measured for a single process, […]

Blue, Green or Grey Water Footprint?

What Makes a Blue, Green or Grey Water Footprint? The water footprint of an individual, community or business is defined as the total volume of freshwater used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual or community or produced by the business. Water use is measured in water volume consumed (evaporated) and/or polluted […]

Water Footprint

What is a Water Footprint? Your water footprint is the amount of water you use in and around your home, school or office throughout the day. It includes the water you use directly (e.g., from a tap). It also includes the water it took to produce the food you eat, the products you buy, the […]

Lawn Water Use Overview

There have been widely reported studies that relate how much water is required to irrigate America’s lawns. However, those studies can be based on a relatively small geographic region that does not receive regular rainfall during the active growing season and requires homeowners to provide supplemental irrigation to maintain their lawn. Typically, in lawns east […]

Fertilizers, Pesticides, and Your Lawn

There is a stigma that has been attached to homeowner’s with nice looking lawns. They might be seen as people that don’t care about the environment, when in truth, this is not always the case. Pesticides are probably the biggest disadvantage to owning a premium lawn. Pesticides can be harmful to all concerned and extreme […]

Disadvantages of Growing Grass

Having a nice lawn surrounding your house not only improves the quality of your life, but also improves the value of your home and helps ecologically by filtering the air and water that passes through it. But these benefits do have a cost associated with them. It needs to be cut on a regular basis. […]

History of the First Lawn Mower

On any given Sunday if you walk outside your front door there is a likely chance you will hear the common sound of the gas powered lawn mower. Now an everyday commodity that most people use it was not always this way. We examined the history of the American lawn – here we look at […]

The History of Lawns in America

We didn’t always have a love affair with our lawns. In fact it wasn’t until the industrial revolution that lawns became practical for most Americans. Lawns were seen as a luxury expense for only the wealthy who could afford grounds keepers to maintain the fine bladed plants using scythes. Green, weed-free lawns so common today […]

Can We Solve California’s Water Problems?

For over 150 years, Californians have argued, litigated, yelled, and otherwise fought over water. California is a big state – we have redwood forests, desert regions, mountains, coasts, rich agricultural lands, amazing natural ecosystems. And overall, we have a pretty good amount of water but the current drought is not helping. The problems with California’s […]