To the editor: In February 2009, we replaced the lawn in front of our little house in the San Fernando Valley with native Californian plants. A discount was never received. Many plants are tall now; some died. We get compliments and our garden was part of a study of native plant gardens. (“Up to 1 million gallons of water … a night? That’s normal for some desert golf courses,” column, Oct. 9)
Our water usage has decreased by 62% since 2009, saving more than 919,000 gallons of water and approximately $ 6,000 in Los Angeles Department of Water and Energy fees. I like that.
I don’t like to know that in about nine hours, every single night, one of the 120 or so golf courses in the Coachella Valley blows through our entire 12-year water savings.
In part of the four-fifths of Australia, known as the “outback”, which is permanently hit by drought, the fairways of the golf course are dirt and the “greens” are compacted black sand. People play on them every day. Coachella Valley Golfers and Course Owners, State Water Resource Managers, Water Drinkers: Are You Listening?
Chuck Almdale, North Hills
To the editor: I’ve been studying how California is underutilizing the scarce water we have by growing snacks (almonds) and wine, and now I find out that millions of gallons of one every day Water going out to golf courses source that is recharged by the endangered Colorado River.
So there is plenty of water for snacks, wine and golf. Welcome to the hedonistic Republic of California.
Jim Sangster, Ojai
To the editor, if the members of the older generation who moved to and developed the desert golf resorts age and die, what will be the need for those vast, useless green spaces?
Toby Horn, Los Angeles