Colorado homeowners encouraged to adopt water-wise landscaping

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Terms like xeriscaping and artificial turf are often associated with lawns in the desert southwest, but with ongoing drought, even Colorado homeowners are being encouraged to trade their water-intensive green lawns with water-wise landscaping.

The Colorado General Assembly has introduced HB22-1151, titled “Turf Replacement ProgramOpens in a new tab..” The proposed legislation would give homeowners financial incentives to replace their lawns with water-wise landscaping, which emphasizes the use of plants with lower water needs. The Colorado Water Conservation Board will develop a statewide program. Local governments, some districts, Native American tribes, and nonprofit organizations with their own turf replacement programs may apply to the Board for money to help finance their turf replacement programs. Under the proposal, which currently envisions a $2 million allocation, the Board will contract with one or more third parties to administer one or more turf replacement programs in areas where local turf replacement programs do not exist.

With the climate becoming drier, Colorado Springs’ station KRDOOpens in a new tab. says that every bit of water saved by homeowners will make a big difference, adding that about one in four Coloradans live in a community with a turf incentive program.


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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