Comments from the Water Resources Staff

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Taller grasses have deeper roots and protect against erosion and are more drought tolerant

 

Most native grasses and a lot of forbs (wildflowers) grow taller than one foot.

 

Native plant diversity will be lost, which is extremely important to our pollinators.

 

Blackberry patches will have to be mowed.

 

Perennials (grasses and forbs (wildflowers)) will most likely not be able to go to seed if they are maintained at 1 foot. They will not reproduce.

 

For visibility issues, a border of 4 to 10 feet could be mowed and maintained.

 

You reduce wild life habitat

 

You reduce carbon sequestration

 

There is no mention of exemptions in to the proposed code.

 

There are some more listed her by the Audubon society for golf course, but they seem applicable:

 

http://www.auduboninternational.org/PDFs/The%20Benefits%20of%20Taller%20Grasses%20on%20Golf%20Courses.pdf

 

Repp Glaettli

Stormwater Inspector

Water Resource Division

General Services Department

 

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