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Historic Echo Park lake to be restored

Postby nichols » Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:50 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

L.A. Council allocates cleanup funds for Echo and Machado lakes
By Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
February 22, 2007

Two landmark Los Angeles lakes will be cleaned up and restored with bond funding approved Wednesday by the City Council.

On a unanimous vote, the council allocated $58 million in Proposition O money for six water-quality projects, including $23 million to begin the cleanup of Echo Lake, north of downtown, and Lake Machado in Harbor City.

The council also set aside an additional $178 million for future phases of the two lake projects. Approved by Los Angeles voters in 2004, Proposition O authorizes the city to borrow up to $500 million to bring local waterways into compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act.

Over the next five years, pollutants will be filtered out of both lakes — long plagued by trash, sediment and urban runoff — and bacteria will be restored to safe levels.

At Echo Lake, the water will be drained and engineers will create partial wetlands and rock formations to filter pollutants...


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Postby TwinJim » Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:50 pm

I recall Echo Park lake being drained and cleaned in 1984. A number of citizens in search of treasure (perhaps a real archaeologist or two, too ) had pockmarked the lake bed with digs after the sludge had dried sufficently. A couple of guys had a good idea of the location where an old pier or boathouse had been and concentrated their excavation efforts there. Old bottles were the most common survivors of the urban lake. The newspapers always do a story on the old stuff found with these draining projects.

Guns, knives and various weapons made a feature story when MacArthur Park Lake, "Westlake" had a similar cleaning years ago. With a good arm, a moving vehicle, a street in close proximity to the water (Wilshire Blvd.) disposing of the evidence was and is a fairly routine night operation.


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