Re "Reduce landscape watering" (Letters, Feb 21): Modifying building codes to allow little or no landscaping would be a bleak response to the drought.
Substituting native plants would save water, landscaping and urban wildlife. Native plants provide scarce urban habitat for native wildlife, especially birds. Oaks, wild rose, toyon, coffeeberry, dwarf coyotebush, ceanothus, monkeyflower, pipevine, purple needlegrass and California fuchsia are all handsome native landscape plants that thrive on little or no summer water.
For more information, see "Bringing Nature Home - How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants" by Douglas W. Tallamy, or contact your local chapter of the California Native Plants Society.
-- Rich Marovich, Davis