As a public service, I will retype some of the front page article in today's San Mateo County Times because the Times/Merc website is such a disastrous affair that only us print subscribers will see it if I don't retype it. The headline is a classic Law of Unintended Consequences screamer "Trees in Peril Across the State". While the City Council ponders its navel about how to get Caltrans to leave 14 healthy eucalyptus trees on El Camino alone, the Time is highlighting the 12.5 million trees that have passed due to the drought. Anyone who actually owns trees already knows this, but here is one pertinent detail
So many trees are dying in the fourth year of this historic drought that some cities have begun delivering truckloads of water in an effort to save them. In Palo Alto, where groundwater is pumped out during basement excavations (hey, is there any excavating going on in B'game??), the discarded water is collected in the city's 2,700 gallon water truck (hey, do we got one o dem?) and then used to irrigate trees.
The piece goes on to note that
Experts say the fragile and nonnative species that dot our urban landscapes -- the ginkgos, magnolias, lindens, maples, liquid ambers, European beeches, and out-of-place coastal redwoods, all accustomed to routine irrigation--are suffering the most with extreme conservation.
I love that last bit, "extreme conservation". So if we are in extreme conservation, why are we approving hundreds of new condos with 2-3X hundreds of new bedrooms and baths. Even more new office buildings are in the works. Why is that? My advice---ignore the current two day per week watering restriction and Save Your Trees. When the Council figures out that water really is a Zero Sum Game and plays the game to the benefit of the residents of Burlingame, then you can go back to complying. In the meantime, here is the skeleton of my favorite fruitless mulberry tree in my yard, taken tonight as I was watering the poor thing to save its life.