1. The Scoop on Metropolitan’s Modified Turf Rebate Program

    There has been a tremendous effort recently to review, debate and decide on revisions to Metropolitan’s turf rebate program. The Metropolitan board of directors has approved changes to and expansion of our conservation/turf rebate program so that it will be the largest of its kind ever in the nation. All told, Metropolitan and its member agencies spent $500 million on a large scale reimagining o…Read More

  2. 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 looking up. El Niño has swept into th…Read More

  3. 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, such as growing rice, for a product, such as a pair of jeans, for the fuel we put in our car, or …Read More

  4. 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 per unit of time. A water footprint can be calculated for any…Read More

  5. 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 energy you consume and even the water you save when you recycle. You may not drink, feel or see this virtual w…Read More

  6. 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 of the Mississippi River, there is u…Read More

  7. 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 care must be taken in it's use. Pesticides are best used in small doses and o…Read More

  8. 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. A healthy lawn is one with a good root system which is further developed through regular mowing's at…Read More

  9. 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 rise of the modern lawn mower. Mechanical mowing came about early in the 19th century and there is a general agreem…Read More

  10. 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 didn't exist in America until the late 18th century. Instead, the area …Read More