If you think Echo Park Lake smells now, well, just wait

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The upcoming $84 million clean up of Echo Park Lake raises all kinds of issues and challenges, from changing the park’s historic landscape to protecting birds and even building  an underwater dam. But one issue in particular may leave many Echo Park residents holding their noses: rotten egg smell. Apparently there will be a fairly noticeable aroma of hydrogen sulfide once tons of dirt and muck are excavated from the lake bottom. That smelly dirt will then sit for a while in the park to dry before being trucked out (which is another big issue).  What can be done to deal with the foul smell? An environmental review of the project – which will be the focus of a public hearing tonight – recommends the creation of an Odor Control Management Plan to deal with the stink. The report also recommends setting aside $50,000 to pay for additional measures to in response  to “complaints or olfactometer readings”  and to create  a “neighborhood odor monitoring group.”  Any volunteers?

Tonight’s public hearing at Barlow Hospital will begin at 6:30 P.M.  The public will have until August 30 to comment on the draft environmental impact report.

Related posts:

  • Will cleaning up Echo Park wipe away its historic landscape? The Eastsider
  • Cleaning up Echo Park Lake will be a big mess for residents. The Eastsider
  • Feathers get ruffled as bird lovers and engineers face off  over Echo Park Lake clean up. The Eastsider
  • Less lake and more wetlands for Echo Park. The Eastsider
  • What will the lotus look like when they return to Echo Park? The Eastsider
  • Will Echo Park Lake be twice dammed? The Eastsider


  1. Hey Eastsider
    Is there a link for that image? Would love to see it in greater detail…


  2. they should leave piles of plastic bags next to it; people can use it in their gardens.

  3. There are plenty of other things that “stink” worse than that will here in EP…how about those abandoned condos across from Chicken Corner for example?

  4. Ack, they should keep the floating islands. They are there to protect he waterfowl from predators like coyotes and feral cats. Anyone that has done any sort of wetland restoration knows that if you want to encourage waterfowl, you have to provide “islands” to protect them. This is especially true for the molting period.

  5. Very interesting. Hopefully the additional wetlands they are adding will naturally clean the lake.

  6. $84 million dollars? Is there a decimal point missing between the eight and the four? Wow.

  7. Patrick Llewellyn

    Yeah– 84 million? I love the lake and want it cleaned up, but I can’t see how it would cost 84 million to do it. Anyone know why it’s so expensive?

  8. How long is “a while”. Damnit I guess I have to move before January.

  9. The one thing I want is them to put a light in the fountain so it looks nicer at night.

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