There need to be incentives for climate-appropriate landscaping

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune). People sit on the lawn in Liberty Park on Friday, April 23, 2021, enjoying the sunny weather.

By Andrea Washburn | The public forum

Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced that Salt Lake City will move from Stage 1 to Stage 2 of the city’s emergency plan for water scarcity. In anticipation of the drought, Governor Spencer Cox declared a state of emergency this spring. 50% of household water consumption is currently used for lawns.

Why aren’t there nationwide discounts to replace lawns with climate-friendly landscaping? As things stand at present, you can only receive discounts if you live in certain water districts. Water scarcity is a critical problem that should be addressed at the root of the problem. We need a cultural shift away from turf grasses for cool weather. The best way to do this is to offer incentives and ideas for change. Many people cannot afford to convert their shipyards but would do so with an incentive.

Andrea Washburn, Murray

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