In case you didn’t know why the lawn is brown…

One of many neighborhood drought signs posted by the Brookside Master Association.

They say that during a drought, a brown lawn is a “badge of honor.”

And yet, across Stockton, I’m seeing people and organizations erecting signs to explain why their lawns are brown.

Apparently those badges of honor are not self-explanatory.

Cal Water customers can order signs like these to explain why their lawns are brown. Take that, neighbor with a green lawn!

Maybe I’m overestimating the public’s understanding of the drought (though polls show it is now considered to be a greater problem than the economy, which suggests there is no lack of awareness).

Maybe people are still calling their neighbors, homeowners associations or schools and complaining about brown lawns (though I suspect these days it’s most often the other way around).

Or maybe being a good steward of water is simply good publicity these days.

Stockton Unified put this banner up outside Stagg High, along Brookside Road.

I guess it doesn’t really matter. If you want to put a sign in your yard, then put a sign in your yard.

In this terrible drought, however, you should be able to set a good example without feeling like you have to explain your behavior.

Or perhaps California’s mindset about water hasn’t changed as much as we think it has.

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