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Trading grass for cash: MWD has a winner on its hands
Trading grass for cash: MWD has a winner on its hands

The drought warnings have sunk in. So many Southern Californians want to rip out their water-hogging lawns that the Metropolitan Water District nearly ran out of money for turf removal rebates. In the last year, residents, businesses and public agencies filed more than 45,000 applications seeking well over $300 million in cash-for-grass incentives — more than triple the district's $100-million budget. Nearly a third of those applications arrived after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the state's first-ever mandatory water use restrictions in April. Faced with overwhelming demand, the MWD Board of Directors voted Tuesday to increase funding for turf removal by $350 million, a...

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