Temperatures in California have been rising and record highs during the drought were likely made more extreme due to human-induced climate change, according to an assessment report by the NOAA Drought Task Force Narrative Team.
With current climate conditions of increasing warmth and less moisture, Californians can use water-conserving plants that help save the scarce resource and save money. Native and drought tolerant plants are important, not just because they are water efficient, but because they are the foundations of the native ecosystems.
Additionally, many cities are offering financial incentives and rebates to citizens choosing to replace their water-thirsty yards with drought-tolerant landscaping. For example, beginning July 1, the City of San Diego will begin to accept applications for its grass replacement rebate program. To see a list of conservation rebates and programs currently available to you, visit calwater.com.
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