Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the conversion of 50 million square feet of lawn, roughly 1.8 square miles, to drought-tolerant landscaping as part of a water conservation plan. Local water officials estimate the move will save more than 2 billion gallons of water per year.
For comparison, here is what 50 million square feet looks like compared to California landmarks
Los Angeles International Airport
Dodger Stadium and Elysian Park
Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
Presidio, San Francisco
San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park
Sources: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Google EarthCopyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times