Rain gardens help improve water quality in Los Angeles

12/16/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Rain gardens are becoming more common in Los Angeles because they help remove contaminants from rainwater and reduce water pollution. These shallow cavities in the ground contain native species that can add low-maintenance beauty. Two nonprofits and the city's water department launched a pilot program that helped install 185 rain gardens for free at yards in San Fernando Valley as a way to encourage others to add the catchments to their property.

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