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 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 wisely as possible.
Check out pictures here: