Lawn gone: Durangoans tear out grass to save water

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Lawn gone: Durangoans tear out grass to save water

With Colorado’s water future hanging in balance, couple makes statement
Steve Harris, left, digs up his lawn on Friday afternoon. Harris and his wife, Lourdes Carrasco, are replacing their back lawn with a flagstone patio to reduce their water waste.
Ed Tolen, manager of the La Plata Archuleta Water District, and about a dozen others gathered at the Durango home of Steve Harris and Lourdes Carrasco to ceremonially dig up the grass in their backyard Friday afternoon. In back from left are Bob Wolff, Carrasco and Patti Zink.
About a dozen people gathered at the home of Steve Harris and Lourdes Carrasco to start digging up the grass in their backyard on Friday afternoon. Although most water used inside the home returns to the river quickly, water used on lawns does not.

Lawn gone: Durangoans tear out grass to save water

Steve Harris, left, digs up his lawn on Friday afternoon. Harris and his wife, Lourdes Carrasco, are replacing their back lawn with a flagstone patio to reduce their water waste.
Ed Tolen, manager of the La Plata Archuleta Water District, and about a dozen others gathered at the Durango home of Steve Harris and Lourdes Carrasco to ceremonially dig up the grass in their backyard Friday afternoon. In back from left are Bob Wolff, Carrasco and Patti Zink.
About a dozen people gathered at the home of Steve Harris and Lourdes Carrasco to start digging up the grass in their backyard on Friday afternoon. Although most water used inside the home returns to the river quickly, water used on lawns does not.
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Tips on saving water around the home and yard: www.epa.gov/watersense

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