Environment & Science

When LA County captures stormwater, here's where it goes

One of ten spreading basins that receive stormwater runoff from the Rio Hondo Channel for percolation into an underground aquifer.
One of ten spreading basins that receive stormwater runoff from the Rio Hondo Channel for percolation into an underground aquifer.
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When it rains, the Los Angeles County Flood Control system mainly works to channel stormwater runoff to the ocean. But about 28 percent of that rain is captured before it's lost to the Pacific. One of those rain capture places is alongside the Rio Hondo Channel in Pico Rivera.