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The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency has started a program called “Lawns be Gone!”    This program provides rebates to customers with specific criteria to replace lawns with drought resistant landscapes.  In order to be eligible, one must be a customer in a participating agency.  These agencies include:



Alameda County

California Water Service Company

City of San Bruno

and more.  See this link for complete listing of participating districts:

http://bawsca.org/docs/LBG_Participants_Feb2011.pdf

The program includes clearly stated terms and conditions that specify the type of landscape replacement to lawns is acceptable.  Additionally there is a wealth of resources for courses on drought resistant planting, mulching; as well as data on invasive plants.  This link explains the process and has details on resources for more information:

http://bawsca.org/water-conservation/residential-water-conservation-programs/lawn-be-gone/

Rebates will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.  They are based on the number of square feet of turf replaced.  The program is effective through June 30, 2011