How California Became Ground Zero for Climate Disasters

How California Became Ground Zero for Climate Disasters

Photo: Eric Thayer for The New York Times

California is one of America’s marvels. By moving vast quantities of water and suppressing wildfires for decades, the state has transformed its arid and mountainous landscape into the richest, most populous and bounteous place in the nation.

But now, those same feats have given California a new and unwelcome category of superlatives.

This year is the state’s worst wildfire season on record. … [more…]

Create your own mini wildlife pond

Create your own mini wildlife pond

Turn your garden into an ideal watering spot for creatures great and small.

If you’re lucky enough to have a big garden you may have plenty of room for a substantial pond but you only need a small amount of ground space to build a mini pond which will still be hugely beneficial to wildlife and give you the reward of observing the comings and goings of the different creatures … [more…]

El Paso Water Works to Beautify Facilities Throughout City

photo: Texas - El Paso Water Works to Beautify Facilities Throughout City

Imagine deeply rooted artistic rock walls adorned with wrought-iron detail enclosed the sleek, modern architecture of a new building. Water-smart landscaping surrounded the grounds showcasing the beauty of native El Paso flora.

Is this a luxury resort? No, but it may represent the future for some upcoming El Paso Water facility projects. EPWater has facilities throughout El Paso that produce reliable, high quality drinking water. Others perform stormwater flood control … [more…]

Avoiding outdoor water waste: Coping with Texas summers

photo: dewy grass lawn. Avoiding outdoor water waste: Coping with Texas summers

Stepping out on the porch of our farmhouse on an already-hot May afternoon, looking out at our yard, I’m happy that we don’t have a lush outdoor landscape that begs for water in the dog days of a Texas summer. There’s no need to get out in the broiling sun to give thirsty plants a drink of water.

But many Texans do have extensive lawns and luxuriant landscapes that they … [more…]

Southern Nevada water agency ups incentive to get rid of lawns

Southern Nevada water agency ups incentive to get rid of lawns

A wild rabbit grazes in Eva Thomas’ backyard in Queensridge, Las Vegas, Thursday, July 27, 2017. Gabriella Angotti-Jones Las Vegas Review-Journal @gabriellaangojo

The Southern Nevada Water Authority is pumping more green into one of its signature conservation efforts. The authority will now pay residents and business owners $3 for every square foot of thirsty grass they rip out and replace with desert landscaping.

The $1 increase, approved by authority board … [more…]