Decorative Grass May Be Banned in Southern Nevada

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Las Vegas’ local Fox News 5 reports that the state senate has passed a bill that would ban “decorative grass” irrigated with Colorado River water in southern Nevada.

Decorative grasses are found in office parks, entrances to housing developments and street medians  According to FoxOpens in a new tab., southern Nevada gets about 90% of its water from the Colorado River.

Nevada will be the first state to ban certain categories of grass if the legislation is signed by the governor.

The last action on this bill was May 13, when it was heard by the Senate’s Natural Resources Committee.  To track this legislation, the status of Assembly Bill 356Opens in a new tab. can be found at the Nevada Legislature’s website.  Bills signed by the GovernorOpens in a new tab. are reported on the state’s website.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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June 15, 2021 7:23 pm
After reading more on this, I’m leaning towards the ban. Just the numbers alone – 14 gallons per person per day should make most say yes. If the turf is something that hardly anyone walks on except the person mowing it, why not conserve, and replace that greenery with desert landscaping? I see some beautiful landscaping ideas online. I’m sure Nevada can make it look ritzy.

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