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  •  FYI City of Austin has been working on (6+ / 0-)

    water issues for decades, with water rationing schedules, free low water toilets etc.

    See info here:

    http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/...

    Many other large Texas cities have similar programs as well

    All are opposed by the usual suspects: real estate developers, big ag, power companies, etc.

    Still,  there remain plenty of folks (including the many immigrants from California) who insist on having an irrigated lawn.

    Many others have not yet come to make the connection between coal power plants and water use.... Changing attitudes is a major   challenge remaining for activists imo.

    •  low-flow and rationing (2+ / 0-)
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      and you thought the new light bulbs set off a run of crazy...

      My next door neighbor has a yard like an oasis. it's sickening. he does whatever he needs to do to get around the water rationing. This is the first year of my life where my coworkers actually talked about the rationing like they understood the need, rather than complaining that their lawngrass might get crispy.

      ...and all that use is just stupid vanity lawn crap...the same idiocy that makes me clench my jaw when i fly over AZ and see those stupid green squares in the middle of the desert. We're going to all dehydrate Tank-Girl-style so that some asshole can have his St. Augustine.

      Thanks for opening my eyes about another reason to oppose coal.
      I am confused about the powerplant waste, though....how is having superhot water not a benefit? can the super hot runoff water not be used somehow to generate more power? I would think that superhot anything would be a useful commodity somehow. Is this just another one of those problems we COULD solve, but just won't because half the nation will think it's either a socialist conspiracy, godless science, or both?

      The Texas Miracle is that, after years of Perry, we don't look like a Tent Revival Thunderdome preaching to the uninsured. Oh, wait...

      by papa monzano on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 07:39:39 AM PST

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      •  South Texas here. (2+ / 0-)
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          I talked with my neighbors who love their very green yard.   Here in S. Tx - grass of choice is St. Augustine - a real water guzzler.
            I told them I am eliminating grass and opt for what I affectionately call "attractive grey rock" and they were aghast.
            Last year, 1st year of drought impact, I read a blogpost from an Austinite:  It's my yard and my money, so I will water whenever I want.

            Here in San Antonio, the mayor took a positive step and is converting to non-coal power project and many whined about "socialism", etc.

             People are unwilling to accept any Water / Drought FACTs and will keep praying for rain (aka Perry).    

        •  grass choices (0+ / 0-)

          the last house i owned (i'm renting now) the builder had sodded st aug. in the front yard, but left the back bare clay. I went to the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and asked the Master Gardeners on staff what was SUPPOSED to grow here. They sold me a variety of buffalo grass that worked really well, took little water, etc.

          Every year, my front yard would die and my backyard would look like a field of thin green blades. of course, even that was a compromise, since in my soul I despise lawn grass...I mowed too much as a kid, and for the rest of my life the front yard area can be sand and rocks. I'll take zen meditation over dehydration.

          When I mention xeriscaping here, I still get looked at like I've proposed eating babies.

          It's america, though...we'll be on the titanic having arguments about how Jesus told me exactly how the deckchairs should be arranged, and aren't you glad we gave up the lifeboats so that the captain could keep his bonus?

          The Texas Miracle is that, after years of Perry, we don't look like a Tent Revival Thunderdome preaching to the uninsured. Oh, wait...

          by papa monzano on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 09:02:50 AM PST

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