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New landscaping taking root at Silver Lake reservoirs

Photo by Dan Gershon

SILVER LAKE — Walkers and runners who circle the Silver Lake reservoirs might have noticed  new trees, shrubs and grasses being planted near Tesla Avenue. What’s going on? Amanda Parsons, a spokeswoman with the L.A. Department of Water & Power, which manages the property,  said the new landscaping is part of the final stage of a water pipeline project, which required the draining of the reservoirs.

She provided some details of what’s being planted:

“As the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex Bypass project nears completion, part of the last phase is landscaping and planting trees to replace trees that were removed for the construction of the bypass line. In total, LADWP is replacing the seven trees that were removed for construction with 14 new Australian Willow trees. The trees will be planted along W. Silver Lake Drive, south of Tesla, and will begin on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, depending on weather and soil conditions. Landscaping of the construction staging area near the Tesla Gate entrance is almost complete. The area is landscaped with California-friendly plants including golden flax lilies, deer grass, sedge, fescue, cotoneaster, and bark mulch ground cover. In addition, avocado, olive, fig, pomegranate, and cedar trees are planted.”

Refilling of the reservoirs is scheduled to begin this May.

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