This cemetery, on the “banks” of the All-American Canal overlooking Bard on the California-Arizona desert, has no grass:
Immediately behind me as I stood to take this picture last week was the All-American Canal, an artificial river built in the 1930s to carry Colorado River water to the Imperial Valley. A lot of water. The original cemetery, dating to the 1800s, was located a few hundred feet to the north. When they built the canal, they dug up and re-interred the remains of 151 early settlers.
I was thinking of Potholes when I read this story this morning about cemeteries in the California drought:
Cemeteries across Inland Southern California are bracing for the effect of Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping order to curb water use 25 percent from 2013 levels, in the wake of a drought of unprecedented severity.
At Potholes, there’s 3 million acre feet of water flowing by annually, but they decided long ago not to water a cemetery in the desert. Just one more data point about our attitudes toward water an arid land.