The Committee to Save Silver Lake's Reservoirs, Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge, and representatives of participating city departments
will host an open-house at the Silver Lake Recreation Center to review current plans to add safe pedestrian paths around much of the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex.
Come anytime between 11:00am and 3:00pm. For more information, visit
Reservoirs to be taken out
November, in a workshop at Marshall High School, the Silver Lake community
submitted feedback regarding the DWP¹s plans to construct alternate,
covered water storage facilities to meet more stringent water quality
rules. All of the proposals would have meant at least 5 years of a
disruptive construction project on the reservoir property. With the
specific suggestion of Councilmember Tom LaBonge, the DWP has now
determined it’s preferred location for the project is off-site at the
“Headworks” property, along the LA River, across the street from the
entrance to Forest Lawn. A companion project will create a natural open
space area above and adjacent to the Headworks storage facility.
At the completion of the project, estimated to be 2009, Silver Lake and
Ivanhoe Reservoirs will be completely removed from the drinking water
delivery system. This fact opens the door to many important questions
regarding the short- and long-term future of the reservoirs. The community
needs to address these and other related issues in the ensuing
environmental documentation process. Click
here for more details
Community meeting for tree selection
City is in the initial planning stages
to add a new landscaped median
to protect the walk/jog path along the Westside of the reservoir.
Trees are part of the preliminary plan.
planning meeting will be at the Cal Fed Community Room at the corner of
Glendale adn Silver Lake Bl. There will be presentations by the lead
agency, the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering (BOE) Landscape
Division and Street Tree Maintenance.
meeting is co-sponsored by Silver Lake Residents Association and
the Committee to Save Silver Lake’s Reservoir.
For additional information, please call 323 668 2643.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP)
held a community workshop on November 16, 2002 to outline potential water
quality construction projects at the Silver Lake / Ivanhoe reservoir
complex. The event was
staffed by representatives of the DWP and both the Committee to Save
Silver Lake’s Reservoirs (CSSLR) and the Silver Lake Residents
Association (SLRA). More than
400 interested community members attended, and many provided extensive
feedback regarding the aesthetics of each of the proposed concepts,
concerns about construction impacts, the long term viability of the
reservoirs as an open water amenity for the community and future
recreational benefits that might be obtained as mitigation for the
project. A compilation of
that feedback is posted on CSSLR’s website, at www.csslr.org
As a result of the feedback received, the ongoing mediation
efforts between the DWP and the Coalition to Preserve Open Reservoirs (CPOR)
and discussions with the Los Angeles City Council offices for the 4th
and 13th districts, the DWP is now exploring an alternative
project that would involve installation of water storage tanks at a
location several miles from the Silver Lake / Ivanhoe reservoir complex.
It is currently unclear how such an offsite construction project
would effect mitigation benefits available to the Silver Lake community (eg:
the improvements outlined in the Silver Lake Reservoirs Master Plan) or
future maintenance / management of the reservoir and surrounding property.
These issues will be discussed in the ongoing CPOR mediation
process between the DWP and community representatives.
The DWP anticipates being able to assess the
viability of this new potential project by late spring 2003.
This information will be shared with the community as soon as it is
to provide an update to the community on the potential Silver Lake
Reservoir improvements being evaluated by the Los Angeles Department
of Water and Power, The Committee to Save Silver Lake's Reservoirs,
and the Silver Lake Residents Association
Dario Fromer announced 2.3 million has been allocated to implement
parts of the Master Plan. More
Copies of the
full master plan document are available at the Los Feliz and Atwater Public
Over 300 people attended the
Community Meeting and Candidates' Forum for the 13th council district.
The attendees had a chance to see the final version of the Silver Lake
Reservoir Master Plan and listen to the candidates opinions of the plan and
suggestions for funding it. You can view the Executive
Summary (PDF file), and we will also be posting more detailed portions
of the document on this web site. Also, we are looking for people who
want to be involved with the implementation of elements of the Master
Plan. If you are interested, please
On December 19, 2000, the DWP
Board of Commissioners approved the Silver Lake Master Plan. This
means that the plan as defined by the Silver Lake Community at the forums
and focuses primarily on passive recreational uses of the reservoir grounds
is essentially unchanged. Stay tuned for an upcoming community meeting
to see the final product. The next step is to get money to implement
some of the proposals outlined in the plan.
Thanks to everyone who
submitted a letter or e-mail message in support of Assemblyman Wildman's budget
request. With your help, funding proposal for the Master Plan made it out of the
Budget Committee. The next step will be to make sure that Governor Davis does not
eliminate it with his line-item veto authority. In the near future, we will again
ask you to submit letters and e-mail messages to convince Governor Davis to leave the
Master Plan funding intact.
The final Master Plan
documents are nearly complete and are being submitted to the DWP Board, Councilmembers
Goldberg and Ferraro, and the Department of Recreation and Parks for review. Once
they have reviewed the document, there will be a community meeting to present the results
to the Silver Lake community. Watch for an announcement this summer.
The Master Plan is in the final stages of revision and we hope to make a presentation to the community this summer. However, because of the prospect for State funding and the schedule for the State Assembly Budget Committee, we need your help in advance of the presentation.
Assemblyman Scott Wildman has submitted a budget request of $5.98 Million. This will help to fund one half of the improvements to be recommended by the Master Plan for the Silver Lake Reservoirs.
As you can imagine, competition for State funding is intense. That is why we need your help. Your voice can make a difference. Experience has shown that original letters to elected officials are far more effective than form letters.
ask you to assist by preparing a letter (or e-mail)
using the information listed below. The Committee to Save Silver Lake's
Reservoirs (CSSLR) will collect the mailed or emailed letters and deliver them
to Assemblyman Wildman's office. Delivered collectively the letters will have maximum impact.
The Honorable Denise Moreno Ducheny
Chairperson, Assembly Budget Committee
State Capitol, Room 6026
Sacramento, CA 95814
Assemblyman Scott Wildman's $5.98 Million request to fund safety improvements to
streets adjoining the Silver Lake Reservoirs. Refer to it as Budget Item No.
These points are only suggestions.
Please feel free to relate your own experiences.
List your address on the letter.
step: Mail your letter care of CSSLR, P.O. Box 39735, Los Angeles, CA
Or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Because of the budget calendar we will need your letter by May 5, 2000.
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