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Campus lawns will survive, not thrive

Campus lawns will survive, not thrive

The University of Utah’s lawns have a new look—and it comes with a purpose.

Green grass is giving way to a brownish-yellow hue as the U plays its part to conserve water amidst our current severe drought. This shift in the appearance of campus is an intentional change, with limited water being prioritized away from grass and towards trees, shrubs and planters.

Information released by the U.S. Drought Monitor places 98% of the state of Utah as experiencing “extreme” or “exceptional” drought conditions (these conditions are the Drought Monitor’s most serious categories). A trio of executive orders from Gov. Spencer J. Cox has been issued to restrict water usage in the spirit of conservancy.

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