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Turf Buy Back program returns for 2014

Two upcoming workshops will help area homeowners learn more about the Turf Buy Back program, which is offered to customers of the South Tahoe Public Utility District.

The Turf Buy Back program is a rebate program that offers homeowners an opportunity to remove their lawn and replace it with Tahoe-friendly native or adaptive vegetation.

Turf is one of the most water-intensive landscapes and requires substantial maintenance. Non-functional lawns — lawns that are rarely used — waste water and represent an ongoing cost in time and resources for both homeowners and business owners.

From an environmental perspective, lawns tend to be over-fertilized and over-watered. With Tahoe’s porous soils, this can push nutrients intended for lawns into the watershed, where they provide nutrients for algae growth that can affect the lake’s clarity.

People interested in learning more about the program should attend one of two upcoming workshops in the STPUD board room, located at 1275 Meadow Crest Drive in South Lake Tahoe.

The first workshop is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. The second is at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 8.

The Turf Buy Back program is partially funded by a water conservation grant from California Department of Water Resources. It is offered to district customers on a first-come, first-served basis. Funds are limited and terms and conditions apply.

For more information, contact water conservation specialist Donielle Morse at 530-543-6268 or by email at dmorse@stpud.dst.ca.us.

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