Innovative Project Turns Parking Lot to Wetland in Los Angeles

Kate Linthicum reports on a recently completed project in South Los Angeles to turn a former bus yard into a piece of stormwater infrastructure and a public amenity

The project, which cost $26 million and three years to complete, provides much needed green space to an under-served community, and according to John Kemmerer, associate director of the water division at the Environmental Protection Agency, provides "a model of how cities should treat polluted runoff."

"Unlike most parks, which feature green lawns and picnic tables, this one is composed of walking paths, native plants and several kidney-shaped pools filled with storm water. Naturally occurring bacteria clean pollutants from the water, which eventually feeds into a storm drain," writes Linthicum.

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