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Sacramento City council may OK ‘cash for grass’ program

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 - 8:07 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 - 11:53 am

The Sacramento City Council will consider giving its approval tonight to a “cash for grass” incentive program that would provide homeowners with incentives for replacing grass lawns with drought-tolerant landscapes. The plan is being dubbed the River Friendly Landscape Program.

City officials said they have identified money for the program in the utilities budget, but haven’t yet said how much they expect it to cost. It would launch this spring.

The incentive plan is part of the city’s ongoing water preservation efforts. Earlier this year, the city adopted a mandatory 20 percent reduction in water use by residents and businesses.

Teams of city workers have patrolled the streets in recent weeks enforcing the mandate by issuing warnings to homeowners and businesses watering lawns during the week – a violation of winter watering rules.

The council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 915 I St.

Call The Bee’s Ryan Lillis, (916) 321-1085. Read his City Beat blog at

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