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These folks had one sprinkler head aimed at their grass, but another one to apparently refresh the sidewalk and roadway.

These folks had one sprinkler head aimed at their grass, but another one to apparently refresh the sidewalk and roadway.

Water from mis-aimed sprinklers more than 100 yards away creates a constant stream into the storm drain in front of my home nearly every morning.

Water from mis-aimed sprinklers more than 100 yards away creates a constant stream into the storm drain in front of my home nearly every morning.

By and large, my family’s move to Rhode Island has been quite comfortable. Sure, it’s smaller than Maine, way louder than Maine and the traffic can be miserable. But the people are friendly, the local farming and gardening heritage is thriving and the weather has been spectacular. Plenty of sun, but more than enough rain to keep lawns and gardens green without irrigation. That’s part of the reason I found great irony this week in an article in the local newspaper about a Rhode Island campaign urging people to reduce their lawn watering this summer: http://www.projo.com/news/content/nuwatering_lawns_07-05-11_HDP0O7D_v7.42a6e.html. With folks across the nation mired in historic droughts, some folks in my new neighborhood apparently feel water is so plentiful they can basically pour it straight down the storm drain.

This neighbor chooses to sprinkle the driveway and give the car a shower with water intended for the lawn.

This neighbor chooses to sprinkle the driveway and give the car a shower with water intended for the lawn.

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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