Please show your support for the South Dam pedestrian crossing!

Many thanks to all of you who were able to come out last Saturday when the DWP opened the South Dam to the public and shared it's renderings for creating a simple crossing connecting the east and west pedestrian paths for daylight use.  Over 400 community members were there, who expressed support by more than a 10 to 1 ratio.  This will finally complete the safe, dedicated path around the reservoirs that the community requested in the Master Plan some 17 years ago, and provide a convenient and flat alternative to traveling around the Dog Park and Recreation Center.

But - we are not quite there yet.  The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council is hosting another meeting to seek additional feedback.  We really hope you can attend - even if briefly to register your support - so this long-awaited project can be completed.  The DWP has committed to have it done by the end of this year.  But since there is a small group who oppose any additional public access around the reservoirs, we need to hear your voice now.

Here are the meeting details:

Monday, May 22, 2017, from 7:00-8:30pm

Ivanhoe Elementary School Auditorium

 

And it would be super helpful if you could shoot a quick e-mail supporting the South Dam Pedestrian Path to Councilmember O'Farrell at councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org

 

And in case you are just catching up to this now, here are some background resources:

Completion Plan from two years ago: http://www.silverlakereservoirs.org/path-completion

Summary of 2016 SLRC Survey results (reflecting 79% in support and 7% opposing):  http://www.silverlakereservoirs.org/survey-2016

DWP Renderings from May 2017: 

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Thank you for your interest and support, and hope to see you next Monday evening.  We look forward to bringing you more news of interest about your reservoir, and as always welcome your feedback and questions anytime.

The all-volunteer team at the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy

Serving the Silver Lake community since 1988

 

You can help keep the reservoir path clean and safe - here's how!

Four community-installed doggie waste bag dispensers were placed along the reservoir path last year, and they became a HUGE success.  So much so, that it has been challenging to keep them filled.  Believe it or not - some 25,000 bags have been dispensed!  SLRC has been storing the bags and has reached out to community volunteers who have been good enough to monitor the dispensers and refill them when needed.  But we could use your help in buying more bags, and have created two easy ways for you to do this:

You can use the SLRC web site and donate directly: 

www.silverlakereservoirs.org/donate

OR

You can visit a Generosity online fundraising page we've set up and do the same there:

https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/silver-lake-dog-waste-bags/x/16365854

Either way, your contributions will be greatly appreciated by all who enjoy keeping the reservoir a healthy and happy place!

Thanks!

Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy

An all-volunteer nonprofit serving the Silver Lake community for 28 years

 

Three Big DWP Announcements for the Reservoirs' Future

The DWP made three major announcements at last week's community meeting at Ivanhoe Elementary School:

1. To reduce the risks of major infrastructure damage from the large volumes of water in the Sierras from this winter's storms, the DWP will be releasing water to multiple locations here in the basin - including the Silver Lake reservoirs.  They expect to begin refilling the reservoir in April and expect it to be full sometime in June. They will also continue their work to connect the lake to the Pollock Wells near Riverside Drive, and will use that groundwater source to address future evaporation losses.

2. The DWP will fund a Master Planning process for the future use of the reservoirs and surrounding property, which should begin later this year.  This will be overseen by the city's Bureau of Engineering, who will be issuing a Request for Proposal for a contractor to undertake the process of soliciting community input.

3. In advance of the Master Planning process, the DWP will fund and undertake two public access improvements to the popular pedestrian paths that circle the reservoirs. They will reopen the "temporary path" adjacent to the Ivanhoe reservoir that the community used during its recent pipeline construction project.  They will also open the top of the South Dam, connecting the existing paths on the east and west sides of the lake. This will mean that path users won't need to walk down by the Dog Park or Recreation Center to circumnavigate the property unless they want to.  And the view is inspiring!  Both of these near term improvements were highly valued in SLRC's comprehensive 2016 Community Survey, and are supported by both Silver Lake Forward and Refill Silver Lake Now.

Many thanks to the DWP for taking responsibility for responding to community concerns and for leading us all through this transition process!  Stay tuned for more information about opportunities to provide input to the Master Planning process.

 

 

Hummingbird and New Plants, A Perfect Combination

It seems like destiny that Nick Hummingbird is a native plant enthusiast.  It's also kismet that he is the manager of the Hahamonga Native Plant Nursery in the Arroyo Seco..  What makes this even more perfect is that he's provided so many of the healthy, natural, local plants that are now thriving on the Armstrong hill.  To learn more about Nick's work at Hahamonga, visit:  http://www.arroyoseco.org/nursery.htm

 

Nick Hummingbird wears his philosophy," Defend The Sacred".  His plants on Armstrong are living testimony to this motto.

Nick Hummingbird wears his philosophy," Defend The Sacred".  His plants on Armstrong are living testimony to this motto.

Doggonit!

Dogs on the path around the reservoirs always seem happy.  And walkers/runners are even happier when dog owners pick up after their pets.  SLRC partnered with the Neighborhood Council to provide Pet Waste Stations with doggy bags (not the kind you take home from a restaurant) to help keep the path clean.  They may seem free but actually they are not.  Hundreds are used every week and those stations need to be filled with new supplies "early and often".  If you'd like to keep this path "amenity" available please visit our Donation Page to help us with any amount.  

Doggy Bag dispensers on the path help keep the path clean and free of "obstacles" along the way.

Doggy Bag dispensers on the path help keep the path clean and free of "obstacles" along the way.

Look What Winter Brought to Armstrong

The rains have come and so have new plants to the Armstrong "Up and Over".  Thanks to Mother Nature and our amazing volunteers, the slope has an abundance of California native plants, as well as a new sprinkling of wild flower seeds.  With more rain and sunshine we will see Poppies and Lupine.  Be on the lookout this Spring for green, orange, and purple colors on your path.  

Join SLRC every last Saturday of the month from 9 - Noon to weed, mulch and plant.  Just click on the "Volunteer" button and let us know - we'll notify you of upcoming opportunities.  Thanks!

Community volunteers enjoying a sunny winter day on Armstrong

SLRC gears up for another planting season on Armstrong

With the help of many volunteers from the community, SLRC has helped to make a forgotten dirt slope on Armstrong Ave (near the corner of Silver Lake Blvd.) into a drought-tolerant garden, landscaped with many California native plants.  This planting season kicked off on October 29, with many volunteers helping to clean, weed, water and put new native plants in the ground.

You can join the effort this coming Saturday, November 19 at 9:00am - sign up on the "Volunteer" page on this web site.  Hope to see you there! 

 

SLRC Board member Gabe Mason honoring a new Salvia Apiana (White Sage)

Enthusiastic volunteers from the Environmental Science and Technology High School on Fletcher Drive - thank you for your help and your spirit!

SLRC wins "Best Community Group" award from Chamber of Commerce

SLRC won the "Best at Working For Our Community" Award at the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce annual Gala!!!

Thank you all for voting for us, to all of our hard-working board members, past and present, to our other volunteers, and to all of the wonderful local businesses, restaurants and bars that support our work through our partner programs! This is for all of you.

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We need your vote!

SLRC has been nominated by the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce for the Best of Silver Lake Awards 2016 – Working for the Community. We're the only group working on the reservoir to have received this honor! 

Polls are open through September 30th. Please help support SLRC and vote for us online here