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4 Help Non-Thirsty Natives Feel at Home

Cultivating native plants that have evolved to thrive in dry conditions could reduce the amount of water landscapes require. But natives can’t simply be uprooted from the foothills and deserts and plopped in the suburbs. Scientists are exploring which native plants have potential and working to bring them to a nursery near you (provided that “near you“ means in the arid West).

12 Exploring the Water We Can’t See

Managing water supplies well begins with knowing how much water you have. That’s more complex than measuring precipitation and runoff. It means considering water through many phases, from the atmosphere to deep underground.

16 Water Checks Pay in Drops and Dollars

Generally, people overwater home and commercial landscapes, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Water Check program shows people how much water they use and waste and gives them irrigation schedules that make more sense. Check out their success.

20 Water Initiative Report: Science at Utah State University

26 Fighting a Turf Battle with Science

Turfgrass isn’t the villain in the quest for low-water and sustainable landscapes. The way we treat it is the problem. New varieties of turf may require even less water and tolerate saline soils (and look good doing it).

30 The Untapped Potential of Water Conservation

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