MaCArther Park’s contaminated water 

By Trissean McDonald

Strolling through MacArthur Park, my party and I managed to interview a Hispanic male who may have perhaps been in his 50s. His name is Raymond. Raymond’s English was quite limited. The information that he gave to us wasn’t really elaborative. However, when asked about the MacArthur Park’s lake water without hesitation he conveyed his concerns. It is “dirty.”

Raymond, although disturbed by the egregious putrefaction of the lake, frequents the area at least 2 times a week for the past 5 years. He has a bit of a bitter-sweet relationship with the MacArthur Park area.

Travis, a member within my investigative party, spoke with Michael McCarten. He is a freelance photographer who specializes in animal photography. He displayed his concerns of the water and the environment of the lake. How he thought it was affecting the abundance of the birds’ wildlife.

Travis showed Michael a sample of the lake’s water that he personally collected. Michael was indeed disgusted. He said that it’s hazardous to the society and the health of the animals. Michael is originally from the San Jose region, noting that today was his first time he’s ever been to the lake.

Lastly, the team interviewed Anthony Frontino. He is from the Hillcrest area of San Diego who was visiting Los Angeles. This was his second time visiting the park. Frontino response, when asked about the lake was in unison with the other two. Unanimous in response. It is horrendously disgusting. Does not the city care about the environment of our wildlife and how the polluted water is affecting their livelihood?

Trissean McDonald


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