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San Diegans Using Synthetic Grass To Conserve Water

I think both sides are building up their claims way too much, especially those who favor xeriscape. Turf folks play it up as the panacea that will solve all lawn, water and runoff problems. It is appropriate in many circumstances but during intense rains if the turf itself doesn't have any toxic chemicals it will not leach and prevent fertilizer and herbicide runoff. However, the ground will likely not absorb much water.
On the other side, I find the claim that natural grass helps offset CO2 in the atmosphere, laughable. First, grass is a very minuscule store of CO2. Second, any carbon it does take in is released right back into the atmosphere as the grass dies. Third, in order to make a dent in CO2 concentrations with grass would probably require more water than we have in all of Cali. Fourth, the water used to grow natural grass has traveled hundreds of miles through pumps that also use electricity and probably negate any CO2 sequestration benefit. Finally, they propose switching to drought tolerant. What about people who want a green patch for their kids? Please enlighten me I wouldn't want to roll around in a cactus bunch or sunbathe on top of a manzanita or chaparral. What's better than grass (or turf) for doing that?

April 23, 2010 at 10:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

UCSD Artists Develop Tool To Guide Illegal Border Crossers To Water

I think we can have an honest debate about what's going on here and what's at stake. I do appreciate the forum here where the commentors are civilized and can discuss issues without resorting to hateful comments, demagoguery and general ugly speech and I thank randolphslinky for that. Much different from the UT comments section where its an all out fist fight and the real racists are winning.

January 12, 2010 at 9:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Is Home To America's Finest Craft Beers

Stone makes great brew but are certainly beer's equivalent of wine snobs. They totally ragged on lagers and Mexican beers (I didn't know a country of 100 million people could only produce 1 good beer?!). Going to Italy to cross pollinate? Instead, they should try and be local ambassadors of good beer to those folks who may never ever try a craft beer.

November 17, 2009 at 12:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )