Mt. Herman rising over Silver Lake Reservoir


Mt. Herman | Dan Gershon

SILVER LAKE — The water level in the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs is falling by the day but a new landmark is on the rise nearby. It’s a giant pile of dirt that one resident has dubbed Mt. Herman in honor of Herman Silver, whose namesake reservoir is now an icon of the neighborhood.

The growing pile of dirt and falling water level are the result of a project to install a new water pipeline on the bed of the reservoir. That has required a lot of digging and the draining of both reservoirs for about a year until the project is completed.

Dan Gershon, who named and took a photo of Mt. Herman, said the dirt pile on the east side of the Silver Lake Reservoir has been “getting bigger daily” as dump trucks transport loads of dirt from the construction on the west side of the reservoir.

Mt Herman is not expected to be a permanent landmark. Once the pipeline project is completed, the reservoirs will be refilled with water and Mt. Herman will be hauled away.

sl reservoir map

The “Stockpiling Location” on the map marks the spot of Mt. Herman. | LADWP

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One comment

  1. It appears Silver Lake reservoir will get “bypassed” and left high and dry.
    The project map shows instructions to “cut and plug” 3 existing inlets to the Ivanhoe and Silver Lake reservoirs.
    After the replacement bypass line is completed and connected,
    exactly how are they going to refill the reservoirs? From where, with what?

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