I am from Brookings High School. I am president of the Student Council, BHS Republicans and the Turning Point USA Chapter. We could be saving money on mowers, gas, and government employees while reducing CO2 emissions, but instead we’d rather mow random patches of grass. I want to raise the issue of wasteful spending and loss of natural environment to the public’s attention. The amount of manpower, money, and CO2 that comes from mowing land senselessly may seem like a small issue, but it’s an issue that can be fiscally and environmentally impactful. This is a bipartisan issue with a common ground solution all philosophies can get behind.
Steps that can be taken are by putting regulations on the government and forcing them to write why they’re mowing the grass. They must have a legitimate, useful reason as to why they are mowing in order to mow; otherwise, they will not be allowed to mow the area. Some reasons may be waterflow, bug control, or any other issue that is solved by mowing the grass.
This is a significantly bipartisan issue that would be very appreciated by having your support. There are big names supporting the cause on both sides of the aisle such as Fred Frerichs, a local farmer and former state senator. You can join the movement by looking up Regulate Government Mowing on Change.org.