El Paso homeowners conserve water by using crushed rocks and native, low-water plants (such as cacti) for landscaping, a practice known as xeriscaping. El Paso also has a city ordinance to limit turf use to no more than 50 percent of a house’s landscaping space.Photo: Marie GilotEl Paso is the Wild West. Dust storms, scorching temperatures, and 9 meager inches of rain a year (New York gets 43). A border town at the very end of Texas and in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert, El Paso is a great setting for a cowboy movie, but the harsh landscape makes …
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Marie "Louie" Gilot
Marie "Louie" Gilot writes the blog LaGreenga.com about her experiences trying to live greener on the U.S.-Mexico border. Louie is based in El Paso, Texas, where she works as policy director for an immigration non-profit. Her previous career was as a newspaper reporter covering Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.