Grass Is Good For the Environment
Grass enhances the environment; this is a proven fact. But with the current hyper-focus on water usage, grass has become the subject of undeserved environmental criticism. Of course grass uses water, but let’s look at this in context.
Only four percent of California’s water goes to residential landscapes, and this four percent is comprised within the eleven percent that is used for all urban uses. In contrast, forty-eight percent goes to the environment and forty-one percent is delivered to agriculture.
This means that eliminating every lawn, shrub and tree in residential areas will have no significant impact on the water situation, yet neighborhoods would be as barren as a Baghdad.
**Figures from the California Department of Water Resources Water Plan Highlights 2010
California water usage facts are often presented in a misleading fashion by generalizing that agriculture uses 80 percent and urban uses 20 percent. This completely ignores the reality that almost half of all water flow is for environmental uses.