Imagine a beach oasis complete with waves to surf for anyone from beginners to pros. Austin, Texas's NLand Surf Park will be housed in a man-made lagoon, where waves replenished by rainwater will crest at 1, 4, and 6 feet. The entire project's expected to take eight months to complete.

“We designed the park to tread lightly on the land and all its resources, especially water,” said Doug Coors, a surfer and engineer. “Even in the most challenging drought conditions, we will be capable of operating the lagoon with only rainwater.”

In addition to responsible use of water, an on-site nursery for non-native plants.

“We view NLand as a long-term, long-vision project,” said Don Miller, project manager with Rider Levett Bucknall. “The trees, plants, and sod will grow in naturally over time, reducing initial landscaping costs. Removing invasive non-native plants and replacing them with drought tolerant native species will also greatly reduce water consumption.”

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