Waste money and water? Or choose an ecologically friendly lawn and get sued by Orange County officials? You pick.

This man spray paints his lawn green. I guess that's one solution. (Image courtesy of www.inc.com)

This man paints his lawn green. I guess that's one way to do it. (Image courtesy of http://www.inc.com)

California sued one couple for opting for an eco-friendly, economically-friendly yard over brown, dying grass. That’s right. California filed a lawsuit against them.

Let’s say we’re in Orange County, California. Even in the dead of winter, the coldest days are nearly 70 degrees and the sun never stops shining, burning down on exposed flesh and brown brittle lawns.

Attractive, right? I know my parents strive for a brown lawn that cost hundreds of dollars to maintain.

In the midst of what the U.S. Department of the Interior calls the “California’s Water Crisis,” Orange County fines residents for over watering lawns.  Countless California-based websites show a watering index, feature guides on when to water, and display low water level diagrams. The counties even offer rebates to individuals and large complexes alike for installing high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers.

For residents, watering the lawn costs hundreds of dollars a year. Water rates per gallon have increased at almost a criminal rate year after year. (Maybe to deter residents from using what precious little is left.)

So tell me why when one couple got rid of their lawn and replaced it with wood chips and drought-tolerant plants, the city  is suing them?

The pros of this yard transition: conserves water for the state, looks better than brown grass, saves the couple (with a newborn baby) hundreds of dollars a year, and is an extremely smart environmental decision.

The cons? I don’t know. You’d have to ask the city.

Courts should’t even have to waste time on frivolous lawsuits such as these. Tell me what you think.

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