If it happens, it would be a first—the first time a permanent ban on ornamental lawns has been implemented, going a step further than California did during its drought a few years back (which also inspired a Tedium piece on desalination
), when it banned artificially watering lawns temporarily.
The nice thing about all this is that it’s bringing out the lawn haters, such as Above the Law contributor Jonathan Wolf
, who pointed out, as I did a few years back, that lawns came into being as a way for elites to highlight their status.
“It’s not just the origin of lawns and the water scarcity they cause that make lawns awful. Think of all the gasoline wasted running lawnmowers, and all the human capital squandered on mowing lawns,” he wrote.
(I will gladly join in your mission, Jonathan.)
And even the locals have warmed to this idea, with the Las Vegas Sun
editorial board coming on the water authority’s side. “The proposal may sound extreme, but what’s really extreme is the drought we’re experiencing and the pressure it’s putting on our water resources,” the newspaper wrote in a piece
Alas, as much as I dislike lawns, I have one, and as a result, I will be mowing this summer—with my old shoes likely to get a whole lot greener as a result. See, I don’t live in Vegas, so I can’t use rain as an excuse.
I will look longingly at you, Nevada.