Letters to the Editor

July 15, 2014

Incentives versus fines

Re "Hefty fines would make clear state is in severe drought" (Editorials, July 14): It's easy for the editorial board to say just remove your lawn and replace it with drought tolerant plants to conserve water, but what is the incentive, other than feeling good about doing your part?

We recently spent thousands of dollars replacing the lawn with drought-tolerant plants, installing a drip watering system and landscaping with boulders, a dry creek bed and beauty bark. We believe inducements such as lawn removal rebates, reduced water fees and state/county tax credits would be effective incentives for taking long lasting action.

California always seems to have its hand out. How about turning around and giving some back?

-- Rebel Kreklow, Fair Oaks

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