If you’ve made a recent trip to the artificial body of water just south of us, you probably noticed that someone pulled the bath plug on Lake Mead. So until we discover the Aquifer at the Center of the Earth, or, that failing, figure out a way to legally swipe water from Lincoln County, let’s try to save some of the wet stuff. We’ve already come a long way on this front—under the stern and watchful eye of Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Pat Mulroy, the Valley has reduced its water consumption by 26 billion gallons since 2002.
But as the Colorado River system’s epic drought enters its second decade, we’ll need to do even better. Stricter rules are one approach, but a better one—more amenable to residents and less inviting to micromanagers and tattletales—is to raise rates and increase incentives for desert landscaping. Most important, though, is our continued shift in consciousness about what a yard should look like. If you’re playing ball with the kids in the back yard, it probably still makes sense to have a patch of the green stuff. Otherwise, check out the Springs Preserve or the Acacia Demonstration Gardens (50 Casa Del Fuego St., Henderson) for a taste of the dry life.