Newly installed grass at Emerson Middle School in Los Angeles has some neighbors upset CBS Los Angeles

Newly installed grass at Emerson Middle School in Los Angeles has some neighbors upset.

Green grass has neighbors seeing red

Residents question installation of new grass at Los Angeles middle school in the midst of a severe drought.

The grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence, but it is greener at one Los Angeles middle school--and that has nearby residents perturbed.

CBS Los Angeles reports that some neighbors of Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School in the Westwood section of Los Angeles are upset that the school has had a carpet of lush, green grass installed in the midst of a drought that has led to watering restrictions or removal of lawns in the area.

Representatives of the Los Angeles Unified School District say that because Emerson MIddle is a historic structure, the state of California requires real grass on the campus. The school's landscaping plan was created three years ago and reduces the amount of grass at the school by 40 percent – from 9,000 square feet to 5,000. The school also has a smart-water irrigation system and an underground water collection site.

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