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Update:  December 20, 2016

Joint statement on next steps for the Silver Lake Reservoirs

On December 15th, Silver Lake Forward, along with Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy and Refill Silver Lake Now, released the following joint statement to our City Council offices and the Department of Water and Power:

After the most recent DWP/ Silver Lake Reservoir community meeting, leaders from three community organizations invested in the future of the Reservoir (Silver Lake Forward, The Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy, and Refill Silver Lake Now) met in order to identify common ground. Whatever our differences regarding the potential future uses of the Reservoir, we agree on the following:

We do not support anything that will delay the May 1, 2017 refill start date. However, we believe none of the following next steps will do so; and we respectfully request that the DWP and the Council offices coordinate to implement them.

A. Fund a feasibility study or a new Master Plan

A huge opportunity exists for the DWP and the City to lead in the future planning for the Silver Lake...

Update:  November 17, 2016

Next steps after the November Community Meeting

Silver Lake Forward was out in force at the November 14th Community Meeting on the future of the Silver Lake Reservoir complex.

We continue to appreciate the leadership of our Councilmembers O'Farrell and Ryu and are glad that they and the Department of Water and Power hosted another Community meeting.

However, we were disappointed to hear that DWP chose not to follow the wishes of the 800+ residents who responded to the Silver Lake Reservoir Conservancy survey and the 1,000+ signers of the Silver Lake Forward petition and partially remove the concrete along the banks of the Reservoir now, while the reservoir is empty. We believe the majority of the local community favors more natural banks and plantings, and we are disappointed that DWP have retreated from their earlier indications that removing the concrete was doable before the May 1 refilling target date.

To be clear, we don't believe (based on the DWP's own statements) that removing the concrete would delay the refilling...

Update:  September 16, 2016

Sign the Silver Lake Forward Petition!

DWP must fulfill its obligation to our lake, land, and community.

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We urge 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;

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

3. 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;

4. 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.

Update:  September 21, 2016

We can refill the Reservoirs with a sustainable, local water source!

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On September 20, 2016 at John Marshall High School the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power presented a detailed update about the plans to begin refilling the Silver Lake Reservoir in May 2017.

Silver Lake Forward is happy to report that our first petition ask is already happening - we can refill Silver Lake Reservoir in May 2017 in an environmentally sustainable way!

DWP has a new proposed solution to fill the reservoir with a sustainable, local water source that maintains water quality - groundwater that will be pumped from existing wells. To achieve this, DWP will install about half a mile of new pipe. They are currently testing the water to ensure that it won't require any additional treatment,

Last night at John Marshall High School the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power presented a detailed update about plans to begin refilling the Silver Lake Reservoir in May 2017.

Silver Lake Forward is happy to report that our first petition ask is already happening - we can refill...

Update:  September 15, 2016

Next Community Meeting is September 20th!

The next report-back from DWP on the future of the Reservoir will take place on Tuesday, September 20th. Councilmembers David Ryu of the 4th Council District and Mitch O'Farrell of the 13th Council District, in conjunction with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will all be represented.

LADWP will provide a reservoir construction update, discuss restoring water to the reservoir and improvement options with the community.

This is another opportunity to get an update and voice your support for a comprehensive plan and community engagement process to create a real plan for the future of the Reservoirs.

Check out our petition and join us!


For more information, please visit www.ladwp.com/slrcbypass

WHEN

September 20, 2016 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

WHERE

John Marshall High School -- Auditorium
3939 Tracy St
Los Angeles, CA 90027
United States
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Update:  August 10, 2016

Next steps and requests for the City of Los Angeles

Silver Lake Forward (SLF) members attended the public DWP meeting on June 30th, 2016 at Micheltorena Elementary. Representatives from LADWP and Councilmembers O'Farrell and Ryu provided an update on the construction progress and the next steps for the Silver Lake Reservoirs. While the meeting provided the community with answers to several open questions, SLF believes continued public engagement and site planning is required.

LADWP and the Councilmembers reaffirmed the City's commitment to restoring water in the Silver Lake Reservoirs. They are exploring several sustainable, non-potable water sources including available recycled water from treatment plants, well water, local stormwater capture, and the LA River. Their plan would ensure a long-term source of free, sustainable water for the Reservoirs in future years.

Construction of the Silver Lake Bypass Pipeline is on schedule to be completed January 2017, with the goal to begin refilling the reservoir in May or June 2017. Between...

Update:  August 18, 2016

Construction Snapshot #15

Construction has made little visual progress these last couple weeks while construction crews continue to work hard through the heat! Check out the pictures below:



Update:  July 29, 2016

Construction Snapshot #13

Construction plans are moving along as the majority of pipes are encapsulated with cement. There are only a few areas of the pipeline that are exposed. Check it out for yourself:


Silver Lake Forward is committed to the Silver Lake Reservoir continuing as a beautiful urban body of water. We encourage the use of recycled/ reclaimed water. We need a community planning process and feasibility study to determine future uses for the Reservoir that support access, beauty, and conservation. We trust that this planning can happen in parallel with construction. We don't want to slow down the process of getting water back in the lake, and we also want to make sure we use the time the lake will be drained as wisely as possible.

Update:  July 07, 2016

Construction Snapshot #12

Construction crews have been working hard and it shows! All pipes along pipeline are secure within cement encasing. Check out the progress here:



Silver Lake Forward is committed to the Silver Lake Reservoir continuing as a beautiful urban body of water. We encourage the use of recycled/ reclaimed water. We need a community planning process and feasibility study to determine future uses for the Reservoir that support access, beauty, and conservation. We trust that this planning can happen in parallel with construction. We don't want to slow down the process of getting water back in the lake, and we also want to make sure we use the time the lake will be drained as wisely as possible.

Update:  July 04, 2016

Embrace the Lake

Save the date for "Embrace the Lake" the first annual celebration of the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex - it's happening this Sunday at the Reservoir!

On Sunday, October 23rd we'll have a day of fun and outdoor activities for families, neighbors, and the community at the Silver Lake Reservoir Recreation Center lawn. We're creating this event in partnership with deLaB - Design East of La Brea.

We'll have guided walks around the lake so that people can learn about the history of the reservoir, the construction underway, and think about the potential of this incredible public space. There will be food, fun activities, and presentations about Silver Lake Forward and our ideas for the future of the land, lake, and community.

The event will kick off at 10 AM with a guided walk about the future of the Lake - Margot Jacobs will be leading the morning walk. Margot is a landscape architect and designer, Her approach to placemaking combines strategic thinking, community engagement, and...

Update:  June 24, 2016

Save the Date! Community Reservoir meeting on June 30th!



Save the Date! Community Reservoir meeting on June 30th!


The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and Councilmembers Mitch O'Farrell and David Ryu will be holding a meeting on the plans to refill the Reservoir -June 30th 7:00 PM at Micheltorena School.

We look forward to learning about the timeline for refilling the Reservoir - the source of much neighborhood anxiety over the last couple of months.

The DWP released a fact sheet that outlines answers to some common questions - but the timeline won't be discussed until the meeting.

Silver Lake Forward is committed to the Silver Lake Reservoir continuing as a beautiful urban body of water. We look forward to hearing from DWP and our Council members about a sustainable water source, and what a reasonable timeline is to get water back into the lake, given our drought conditions. We encourage the use of recycled/ reclaimed water. We need a community planning process and feasibility study to determine future uses for the Reservoir that support...

Update:  June 21, 2016

Reservoir construction Snapshot #11

Construction plans are moving along quickly! It won't be much longer until the water pipeline is complete. The majority of the pipeline is covered in concrete encasing. There are a few visible pipes outside the pipeline that seem to getting "prepped" for placement. Check out this week's progress here:

Silver Lake Forward is committed to the Silver Lake Reservoir continuing as a beautiful urban body of water. We look forward to hearing from DWP and the City of Los Angeles about a sustainable water source, and what a reasonable timeline is to get water back into the lake, given our drought conditions. We encourage the use of recycled/ reclaimed water. We need a community planning process and feasibility study to determine future uses for the Reservoir that support access, beauty, and conservation. We trust that this planning can happen in parallel with construction. We don't want to slow down the process of getting water back in the lake, and we also want to make sure we use the time...

Update:  May 23, 2016

Silver Lake Forward's 2nd Community event!

On Saturday, May 21st, we hosted our second community event at the Silver Lake Reservoir Recreation Center! We had a fun morning filled with activities for kids, our interactive map of peoples' visions for the future of the reservoir, and the chance for the community to come together to discuss their ideas and concerns.

Many thanks to the newly-elected Silver Lake Neighborhood Council representatives and to Councilmember Ryu's staff for attending (Councilmember O'Farrell's staff came to our first event).

There was a lot of confusion from community members about what the timeline is for the reservoir construction - we look forward to hearing from DWP and the council offices soon about the schedule and plans for how and when the Reservoir will be refilled.

To clear up any confusion, we wanted to share again our position on the water in the Reservoirs: Silver Lake Forward is committed to the Silver Lake Reservoir continuing as a beautiful urban body of water. We look forward to hearing...

Update:  May 20, 2016

Reservoir construction Snapshot #9

Earlier this week we had the chance to see construction from inside the fence! Thanks to a representative at Water Operations at Los Angeles Department of Water and Power we received a wonderful and informative tour of the construction site at the Silver Lake Reservoir!

Silver Lake Forward is committed to the Silver Lake Reservoir continuing as a beautiful urban body of water. We look forward to hearing from DWP and the City of Los Angeles about a sustainable water source, and what a reasonable timeline is to get water back into the lake, given our drought conditions. We encourage the use of recycled/ reclaimed water. We need a community planning process and feasibility study to determine future uses for the Reservoir that support access, beauty, and conservation. We trust that this planning can happen in parallel with construction. We don't want to slow down the process of getting water back in the lake, and we also want to make sure we use the time the lake will be drained as...

Update:  June 03, 2016

Reservoir construction Snapshot #10

Last week we saw great improvement from previous weeks. The pipeline seems to almost be complete. Metal fencing covers half of the visible pipes (this fencing is used to create the concrete encasement) while the other half is already inside the concrete. Construction trucks also seem to be working diligently to get their tasks completed! Take a look here:

Silver Lake Forward is committed to the Silver Lake Reservoir continuing as a beautiful urban body of water. We look forward to hearing from DWP and the City of Los Angeles about a sustainable water source, and what a reasonable timeline is to get water back into the lake, given our drought conditions. We encourage the use of recycled/ reclaimed water. We need a community planning process and feasibility study to determine future uses for the Reservoir that support access, beauty, and conservation. We trust that this planning can happen in parallel with construction. We don't want to slow down the process of getting water back in...

Update:  May 17, 2016

Join us at the Reservoir May 21st!


Please join us for our second community event at the Silver Lake Reservoir Recreation Center this coming Saturday May 21st from 10 AM to noon! We'll have activities for kids, a fun photo booth, and the opportunity to share your vision for the reservoir. See you Saturday!

Update:  May 11, 2016

Reservoir Construction Snapshot #8

This week we have seen a few more changes- The most notable was along the pipes' path, the encasement over the pipes seems to be almost complete on one side. Last week there were many wooden pieces along the cement-like encasement (we think this was to hold the mold in place as the concrete hardened?), this week there were only a few left on one side. We also got a glimpse of the metal fencing being placed on the other end of the pipeline. Take a look:


Update:  May 11, 2016

Reservoir construction Snapshot #7

May has just begun and already it's looking like lots of progress is being made. Week by week construction is moving along rapidly. A few pipes were visible outside the dirt path this week while most were put in place with the metal fencing we mentioned last week.We have also seen a more solid concrete encasement around the metal fencing. Those pipes are going to be well protected! Take a peek here:





Update:  April 26, 2016

Silve Lake Forward Launches!

On April 23rd we hosted our first public event at the Silver Lake Reservoir Recreation Center. It was a great day - more than 250 attended, close to 100 surveys were completed, many "canoe the reservoir" photo booth pictures were taken, 150 organic juice boxes were drunk, and countless great conversations happened about the future of the reservoir. IF YOU DIDN'T COMPLETE A SURVEY AT THE EVENT, PLEASE DO SO ONLINE!

In addition, we got some great press coverage- in addition to the Los Angeles Times op-ed that was released on Friday, we got coverage from LAist, CurbedLA, and NBC4LA television.

Check out some of the great photos from the event!


Update:  May 03, 2016

Reservoir Construction Snapshot #6

The last week of April was a busy week for the construction crew! All visible pipes are now in place along the dirt path. There is also what looks like metal fencing all around the placed pipes as they prepare to protect and cover them up. Take a look for yourself:

Update:  April 29, 2016

Reservoir Construction Snapshot #5

Many changes have occurred this week! The full dirt path down the reservoir has been completely dug out, and construction workers are now placing pipes along the full length of it. Almost all visible pipes now seem to be sitting in their place along the path. Keep a close eye on the street signs! Last week West Lake Blvd was converted back into a two-way street. See these changes below:

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Update:  April 14, 2016

SILVER LAKE FORWARD EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

Please join us for an Earth Day Celebration and Silver Lake Forward community event on Saturday April 23 from 1-4 PM at the Silver Lake Reservoir at the Recreation Center.

Update:  April 21, 2016

Reservoir construction snapshot #4

The road at West Silver Lake Blvd. is a two way street again! It was converted into a one-way back in March 2015. New signs have also been placed along the Silver Lake Reservoirs' enclosing gates. The area within the reservoirs has been more heavily populated by workers and large construction trucks than during previous weeks. A few visible pipes can now be seen resting above the dirt path waiting to be buried. Check out the glimpse we got of the inside of one.


Update:  April 21, 2016

Reservoir construction snapshot #3

Construction plans are moving along rapidly! This week, we saw construction trucks leveling out the dirt over a working area. Pipes are still visible to passersby, but they may not be for much longer, the path they have been digging in which to bury the huge pipes seems to be almost complete! See for yourself:


Update:  April 21, 2016

Reservoir construction snapshot #2

Many changes have occurred in just a few short days! Large construction trucks have been digging up the dirt to make room for the pipelines. Here's what we saw this week:


Update:  April 01, 2016

Reservoir construction snapshot #1

Here at Silver Lake Forward, we'll do our best to keep you up to date on what's happening in and around the reservoirs. Once a week, we'll be posting updates on the construction progress and documenting what's happening, here on our site and on social media.

Over the last few months we have seen many changes occur within the Silver Lake Reservoirs. During the second week of March we saw new ramps constructed to allow construction trucks to move in and out of the reservoirs. We also got a glimpse of the pipes that will be used as part of the new drinking water system. Check it out for yourself:



Update:  January 21, 2016

Silver Lake Forward Proposed Community Planning Process

Once the crown jewel of the Los Angeles Water System, Silver Lake Reservoirs have been brought offline and will no longer store drinking water for Los Angeles. This creates a significant opportunity for the City of Los Angeles, the Department of Water and Power, our elected officials, our design community, and the residents of Los Angeles to create an incredible new public resource.


Their future can be a solution that combines:

  • Extension of the LA DWP's efforts to provide a responsive program addressing community values, while ensuring long-term reliable and environmentally sound water supply for the City.
  • A sustainable future that helps solve the LA Region's ongoing water supply and quality needs, in an era of climate change and diminishing resources.
  • Improved public space and amenities that meet the desires of the community for healthy enjoyment of the Reservoirs' scenic and recreational potential.


The future success of the Silver Lake Reservoirs will need partnering with regional...