Researchers estimated the flow of water vapor from the soil to the atmosphere in Los Angeles landscapes.
Credit: Diane Pataki
“Systematic over-irrigation” and “benefit disparity” are the two big takeaways from this article… neither of which are big surprises. Not only do people under-utilize water budgeting tools available but the greatest benefits of greenspace are in the neighborhoods that can afford the most of it.
Because the income gap correlates to a gap in greenspace, and becuase the correlation between greenspace and health is also so strong it would seem that ensuring access to well manged, drought tolerant greenspace is a matter of public health.
TWCA qualified turf reduces the water need of turf areas by 30% making affordable, accessible greenspace a real possibility for all neighborhoods, regardless of income.