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Letter: Use Douglas County’s water to grow vegetables, not to water lawns

Practice water conservation

Would you rather grow a green vegetable garden, or eat your lawn? I just returned from a trip to visit my daughter, granddaughter and great-grand kids in Sonoma County, California, where I lived for 30 years. They have a climate similar to ours. Their farming enterprises must share scarce water resources with a large urban community. Small vegetable farms, vineyards, pastures and lawns use the same water resources, much like Douglas County. They are holding seminars for all these interests to deal with their severe drought planning. The seminars state that nationwide, watering lawns is the number one user of irrigation in the United States.

The number one priority to conserve water in a drought is to get water use priorities straight, starting with lawns versus vegetable gardens. It’s a no-brainer; produce food, not green lawns. Remember, green lawns also use gasoline to mow, which is a global warming issue.

Wake up Douglas County. Sacrifice your green lawn this summer for the greater good of society. Convert it into a green vegetable garden, instead. Green is green. As an alternative, of course, maybe you could just eat your lawn — for the greater good of our society!

Bliss Green

Tri City


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