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How much is 50 million square feet of lawn?

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. 

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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 Earth

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