Adapting to the drought- Landscaping

By George Miller

Southern California’s natural water supply is not adequate to support the many millions of people who live here, even in the best of times. So water is imported- from up north- Sacramento Delta, East from the Colorado River and other places- for Oxnard, 40% of consumption is now imported. During the current severe drought, even that isn’t adequate, so people are looking to make supplies go further by developing better storage, water processing, recycling, conservation, growing different crops, using different irrigation methods and also re-architecting landscapes, which is the subject of this piece. Traditional lawns are adopted customs, from Europe and the Eastern U.S. where it rains more and water supplies are more plentiful and probably cheaper. Alternative drought resistant landscaping is the wave of the future.

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Oxnard, CA resident Joseph Contaoi did this to his own front yard in response to exhortations to develop drought-resistant landscaping

Here are a couple of examples of how individuals and government are adapting.















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Sections of the Channel Islands Harbor Walk, owned by Ventura County, have been lushly re-landscaped in the last couple of years, for beauty and water conservation.















Some ideas


George Miller is Publisher of and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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