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Hopefully you heard about the beach closures at parts of Santa Monica and Will Rogers over the weekend, and avoided being coated in a layer of untreated…um, sludge.

But, the good people at the CA Department of Health have lifted their restrictions, and we can now bring you this more savory link regarding the aesthetic virtues of the L.A Storm Drain System. FOVICKS -- or Friends of Vast Industrial Concrete Kafkaesque Structures, has a series of photos of the Los Angeles River flood control channel that are mesmerizing. Our storm drain system handles one hundred million gallons of water on a dry day, and ten billion gallons when it’s rainy. Even if you don’t like how it looks, (or when it breaks down) it’s still an impressive piece of infrastructure.

Photo by eecue