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We want the City and DWP to fulfill its obligation to our lake, our land, and our community. We want the reservoir refilled sustainbly, the banks modified to be more beautiful and support wildlife, the land behind the fences restored and beautified, and a feasibility study for the site fully funded. Sign on below and join us.
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Joint Statement:plant don't paint!

Remaking the lake

The Silver Lake Reservoirs system has been brought offline and will no longer store drinking water for Los Angeles. This creates an incredible opportunity for the City of Los Angeles, the Department of Water and Power, our elected officials, our design community, and for the residents of Los Angeles to create an incredible new public resource. We are looking forward to the launch of the new Master Plan process!

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Our petition

We want the DWP to fulfill its obligation to our lake, land, and community. We demand that the City of Los Angeles:

1. Refill Silver Lake Reservoir as soon as possible in an environmentally sustainable way (COMPLETED!!);

2. Fully fund a feasibility study for the responsible transition and future management of the Reservoir Complex, with community input on new uses for this amazing public resource. (FUNDED!! Thank you DWP!)

3. Modify existing Reservoir banks to be scenic, safe and supportive of plant life that enriches water quality;

4. Restore and beautify the 31 acres of land currently within the fences through a plan that values access, beauty and conservation, with minimal impact to the local neighborhood;


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Update:  April 21, 2018

We did it! The Master Plan is starting soon!

It's official! The Los Angeles City Council approved a Memorandum of Agreement between the Bureau of Engineering (Engineering) and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), which allows us to begin the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex Master Plan process. A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who signed our petition, attended community meetings, and reached out to our City Council and DWP staff to support this process. We want to extend our special thanks to Councilmembers O'Farrell and Ryu, as well as their staffs, who have been supportive of the need for a master plan and who were instrumental in creating this opportunity for our community. Big thanks for LADWP for providing the funding and starting the process, to the Mayor and the Public Works Commission for their support, and to the Bureau of Engineering for seeing the potential to create an incredible public space.

The City has approved close to $3 Million to support a robust and thorough master planning...

Our board

Silver Lake Forward is a coalition of homeowners, businesses, designers, renters, parents, kids, and pet owners. We support responsible, neighborhood-centered planning for the reservoirs. Questions? Please reach out to [email protected]

  • Robert Soderstrom
    Robert Soderstrom is a co-founder and President of Silver Lake Forward. He is the owner of Puck Creative group, an Emmy-nominated advertising agency in Los Angeles. He lives in Silver Lake with his family.
  • Jocelyn Hayes Simpson
    Jocelyn Hayes Simpson is the Vice President of Silver Lake Forward. She is a film and television producer. She and her family live in Silver Lake.
  • Catherine Geanuracos
    Catherine is a co-founder of Silver Lake Forward. She is the cofounder of CityGrows, a technology platform for local government and served as Vice President of the Innovation and Performance Commission for the City of Los Angeles for three years. She is a Silver Lake homeowner and frequent visitor to the Silver Lake dog park.
  • Craig Collins
    Craig has worked in conservation advocacy and creative strategy for over 35 years and is a former President of the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy. He is a photographer, writer and graphic designer, serving environmental, conservation, public art, institutional, health care, religious and non-profit clients.
  • Rick Corsini, AIA
    Rick is a long-time Silver Lake Resident and a partner at Corsini Stark Architects. He was born in Los Angeles and received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and his Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. His work has been published nationally and internationally, and in addition to over 20 years of professional practice, he has held faculty appointments at schools of architecture including Cal Poly Pomona, Woodbury University, and most recently, the University of Southern California.
  • Gary Ventimiglia
    Gary is a producer and creative executive and a Silver Lake Resident. He developed the name for Silver Lake Forward's annual "Embrace the Lake" event.
  • Tracy Fleischman Morgenthau and Kramer Morgenthau
    Tracy and Kramer are long time Silver Lake residents. Kramer is an Emmy-nominated and ASC award-winning cinematographer. Tracy is a photographer and consultant who is taking time off to spend with their young twins.
  • Helen Munro-Uziel
    Helen is a Silver Lake resident and parent. She works in information technology for financial services and is trained as an engineer.
  • Gustavo Herrera
    Gustavo is the Director of Young Invincibles, the largest millennial-focused advocacy and policy organization in the nation. He was the former museum director of the LA County museum, L.A. Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and he's also led a community foundation dedicated to nurturing classical music and performance artists. He is a passionate community builder and a fierce advocate for education, health equity, and the transformational power of art. He grew up in Silverlake.
  • Luke Wood and Sophia Nardin
    Luke Wood is President of Beats Electronics. Luke and Sophia have been Silver Lake residents since 1994, and along with their daughters recently purchased Silvertop, one of Silver Lake's most notable architectural treasures.Mob
  • Moby
    Moby is a musician and author, and is owner of Little Pine, an organic vegan restaurant in Silver Lake..
  • Schuyler Senft-Grupp, PhD
    Schuyler is an environmental engineer who specializes in developing new environmental sensors, and serves as the Secretary/ Treasurer for Silver Lake Forward. His interests include circuit design, sensor systems, and data analysis for environmental systems.

Advisory Board

  • Roger Wolfson and Nori El-Shinnawy
  • Linnea Toney
  • Barbara Bestor
  • Nancy Berglass
  • Claudia Borzutzky Lopez, MD
  • Angela Eaton
  • Roel Hinojosa
  • Lisa Edelstein and Robert Russell
  • Zach Aarons
  • Clare Vivier
  • Sarah Ullman
  • Kira Teshima
  • Marissa Gluck
  • River LA
  • Harvey Englander and Donna Black
  • Alex De Ocampo
  • Trust for Public Land