Some experts blame trash and debris for the demise of the lotus beds. Echo Park Lake is a storm drain catch basin in the winter, leading some to suspect that contaminants in the runoff may be the cause. The first sign of trouble came after the storms and floods of 2005-2006, after which the lotus blooms started appearing later, and smaller, than usual.
Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times
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