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 January and May, LADWP will oversee additional construction improvements to enable circulation and transport of water within the Reservoir. These additions are necessary to maintain a healthy aquatic ecosystem. During this time other Reservoir improvements can occur, both by LADWP and outside partners. For example, the LADWP has offered to remove parts of the asphalt lining and replace it with appropriate landscape treatment and plantings.
LADWP does not currently have plans for the property beyond its commitment to maintain the pipeline and dams. They are open to new uses for the property, including partnering with other agencies, such as Recreation and Parks, going forward.
By the next community meeting SLF asks for answers and/or commitments from the City of LA, LADWP and Councilmembers O'Farrell and Ryu: