- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As the drought ravages California, scientists are debating whether to keep Los Angeles’ only nature preserve full of water.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/1HG6uth ) that the so-called ecology pond at Chatsworth Reservoir has been struggling since the state made mandatory cuts to water use.

The L.A. Department of Water and Power, which owns the 1,325-acre preserve, stopped filling it with potable water and only began replenishing the pond with recycled water June 25.

Environmentalists say maintaining a deep, permanent pond is important to key migration routes for bird species, but other scientists say the unnatural ecosystem in Southern California has spawned invasive species.

DWP officials say their main mission is to provide water for millions of people across the city, not protect invasive turtles and toads in a nature preserve.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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