Though it may be the last place one would expect a wetland, South Los Angeles now has one. The city of Los Angeles took three years and about $26 million to flip a bus parking lot into a nine-acre wetland park including paths and boardwalks to encourage local visitors. The park was initially constructed to help the city meet pollution standards set by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. The wetland functions partly as a storm water filter, processing 630,000 gallons daily. Bacteria in the pools of water in the wetland break down pollutants before the water enters the Los Angeles River to be carried to the ocean.
An education center and museum are also slated to be part of the wetland park.
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