Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors


Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning


The problem of water-wasting landscapes is prevalent throughout the western United States. For decades western settlers struggled to turn their arid lands into the more familiar settings of lush vegetation found in their native New England and Western Europe. This mind set has been passed down through generations and has transformed into the basis of the current western water crisis (Brundin and Pearson 2001). Only in the last few decades has this mentality been challenged and we've seen the emergence of several water-efficient landscape models. Through careful application of water-efficient landscape principles, western communities can greatly extend the life of their water resources.



Faculty Mentor

Michael Timmons

Departmental Honors Advisor

Michael Timmons