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Here is an idea for water conservation that would be self-sustaining: a government-sponsored native plant retrieval system. As developers need to remove native plants from sites to be developed, the government would provide low-risk qualified convict labor or organize volunteers (Boy Scouts, 4H, etc.) to remove plants prior to bulldozing, saving contractors the cost of labor and waste removal. Plants could be taken to a central distribution center to be given to homeowners. Plants not taken could be sold at low cost to nurseries. Home Depot, Lowe's, OSH, and local garden stores might be willing to participate as distribution points for tax incentives.

MICHAEL FOLEY

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You might as well say Save Water, Stimulate the Economy, Save the World!

This just in: http://m.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33209548

The Earth has entered a new period of extinction, a study by three US universities has concluded, and humans could be among the first casualties

Planting natives delivers ecosystem values (sun's energy is converted to food as natives are edible by local bugs, thereby entering the local food chain). Profits!

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