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South Central Los Angeles Wetlands Park Grand Opening

The South Central Los Angeles Wetlands Park is funded in part through the settlement agreement resolving the Clean Water Justice action to improve the City of Los Angeles sewer system city wide. The action resulted in a $2 billion settlement agreement and court order in 2004.

This work in and out of court is a best practice example of community groups and civil rights attorneys persuading government agencies at the federal, state and local level, and mainstream environmentalists to work together to improve quality of life, human health, and environmental quality and justice for all.  The City Project and English, Munger & Rice have worked to improve the quality of life for all with the Baldwin Hills Estates Homeowners’ Association, Inc., Baldwin Hills Village Garden Homes Association, United Homeowners Association, Village Green Owners Association, and Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, along with the United States Department of Justice, United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the California Regional Water Quality Control Board and mainstream environmentalists.

The settlement has also provided funding for revitalizing North Atwater Park in North East Los Angeles as part of the greening the Los Angeles River for all.