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Orange County's Crazy: City Sues Residents for Removing Lawn

In the GOOD 100 Issue we covered the "Cash for Grass" programs that have been sprouting up in some western cities. They offer homeowners cash...


In the GOOD 100 Issue we covered the "Cash for Grass" programs that have been sprouting up in some western cities. They offer homeowners cash money for removing thirsty, anachronistic turf lawns and replacing them with ecosystem-appropriate, drought-resistant landscaping.But in Orange, California one couple removed their water-wasting lawn and got a lawsuit from the city instead. From the Los Angeles Times:
The dispute began two years ago, when Quan and Angelina Ha tore out the grass in their frontyard. In drought-plagued Southern California, the couple said, the lush grass had been soaking up tens of thousands of gallons of water -- and hundreds of dollars -- each year.They said they were trying to do something good for the environment.... But city officials told the Has they were violating several city laws that require residents to cover significant portions of their frontyards with live ground cover. On Tuesday, the couple is scheduled to appear in Orange County Superior Court to challenge the city's lawsuit against them.
The couple has reduced their water usage "from 299,221 gallons in 2007 to 58,348 gallons in 2009" and planted drought-resistant lavender and rosemary, but it hasn't appeased the lawn police.I haven't seen pictures of their lawn. It could have been pretty desolate. But the point is, cities should be encouraging this trend by providing support, not threatening people with lawsuits.
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