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What we're reading: Changing our ways when it comes to water

July 24, 2009 | 10:00 am

Nozzle The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power went before the City Council earlier this week to talk about more conservation measures. As Emily Green reports on her Chance of Rain blog, some officials seem to have given up on the hope that Southern Californians not only can learn to use less water, but also can make fundamental lifestyle changes for the greater environmental good. To which Green responds:

Only behavior modification will reduce the load of pesticides and fertilizers that sink into the ground or are washed into our storm drains every day by lawn sprinklers. Without behavior modification, we are doing little to change a garden culture that is steadily poisoning our aquifers and killing our bays.

Check out the blog for her take on the meeting, and look for the next installment of her drought-tolerant gardening column here next week.

-- Craig Nakano

Photo: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times