gronch wrote:Nicely done.
As a San Diego native, there is a rather large perception problem about living in the desert. I had to water my lawn every other day to keep it green. The only other option was to go drought tolerant, which people don't want to do, because why pay a ton for your house just to put rocks in the front yard. Also, your HOA may not allow such madness.
You're on a ZA survival site, and you think it's ok to water your lawn every other day just to keep it green? Priorities, man. Priorities...
The drought is resolvable.
1. Offer heavy tax deductions to prescription free clean eaters, willing to convert to composting toilets. People flush 3-10 gallons of drinking water a day, which is ridiculous. Humanure is great for crops like corn and fruiting trees/bushes.
2. Offer tax deductions for residential permaculture gardens, and deductions for volunteers willing to teach residents to become more self sustaining in growing their own food. I built my mother a back-to-Eden garden in Phoenix, that she only has to water 3x a season. Work with nature, not against Her.
3. Offer more lenient and profitable migrant worker programs, for commercial farmers willing to convert to permaculture grow methods.
4. Put farmers with non-native crops like alfalfa, on a meter. They are consistently pulling water from their neighbors property, which is unacceptable. Putting them on a meter will price their product out of the market, and they'll convert to a crop sustainable in their region.
5. Bury the almond orchards in 18 inches of mulch. They'll never have to be watered again.
Come with me if you want to live.