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Action: Increase habitat and ecosystem function along the river corridor.

Intact ecosystems perform multiple critical services beyond providing habitat for wildlife and providing public enjoyment.

They make air more breathable, water more drinkable, and climate more stable. They help mitigate the negative effects of urban development by filtering and absorbing stormwater, dampening noise pollution, and reducing greenhouse gases. Reports such as The Trust for Public Land’s Conservation: An Investment that Pays (2009) have shown that all of these ecological services have economic value, which would be costly for LA County to replace.[mfn]Erica Gies. Conservation: An Investment that Pays. The Trust for Public Land. 2009. p. 16.[/mfn]

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