Long Beach to get $2.5M for wetlands restoration

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California's resources agency is giving Long Beach $2.5 million to expand parkland along the Los Angeles River.

The money will continue work to restore wetlands where they used to be in the Los Angeles River basin.

This project — like the Dominguez Gap site completed earlier — is part of what Long Beach ambitiously calls its RiverLink. That's a sort of green necklace that connects the city to the ocean with wildlife habitat and recreation areas.

The DeForest Wetlands Restoration Project will fill 34 acres with water — restoring native and woodland scrub, seasonal wetlands, brackish marshlands and mudflats. The area's already known as a good place to see rare birds.

This project and others like it are cleaning up and expanding parkland. As with a lot of park projects in California, the money for the Long Beach RiverLink is cobbled together from several sources. This chunk of funding comes from a special fund created by a ballot measure a few years ago.

Work on the DeForest Wetlands restoration starts next year.