A hard-hat tour of Echo Park Lake this morning revealed that water once again covered much of the bottom of the lake as it is being refilled in the final phases of an $85 million clean up. Granted, the water in some spots was only a few inches deep in several sections but the lake was once again looking like lake instead of a dusty construction site as had been the case for many months. In fact, one of the new wetlands created on the west side of the 14-acre lake resembled a rice paddy as workers (pictured above) waded and hunched over in the cold water to plant some of the nearly 20,000 aquatic plants that will grow in the lake. The new Echo Park Lake, which has a capacity of about 27 million gallons, will be more water wise than its predecessor, explained project engineer Julie Allen, who lead this morning’s tour.
For one thing, bentonite was mixed into the lake bottom to create a thick, clay-like barrier to help retain the water and prevent it from seeping away. In addition, a new filtration system was designed to collect and clean storm drain water, which would be pumped into the lake (the water will be monitored to make sure it remains safe). As a result, drinking water will no longer have to be used on a regular basis to keep the lake filled. “That was the goal,” Allen said.
The lake and surrounding 29-acre park are scheduled to reopen this spring but no date has been set.
Only a few inches of water covers the lotus bed in the northwest corner of the lake.
Worker installs netting to protect newly planted lotus from birds.
Aquatic plants, stored in the boxes floating on the water, being planted in one of four wetlands. The wetlands will help filter the water.
New irrigation pipes being installed around the lake.
- The lotus return to Echo Park Lake. The Eastsider
- Botanical Banquet: Bird develop a taste for Echo Park Lake wetlands. The Eastsider
- The Echo Park Lake lotus are alive, well and living in Reseda. The Eastsider