Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy


The Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy (SLRC) is an all-volunteer, non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving and enhancing the historical, aesthetic, ecological and recreational benefits of Silver Lake’s open waters and surrounding open space.

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Come Join Our Beautification Project This Saturday, March 28 at the Reservoir

by Maryann Kuk - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11:29 pm - No Comments

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Regular path user Brigitte and her Santa Monica College classmate Arjie help out on an ad-hoc planting day on the Armstrong slope (pictured here with SLRC Project Manager Gabe Mason – and the beautiful pink blooms of a native California Redbud in the background!)

Please join us for our regular monthly community work day this Saturday from 9a-1p. We will provide tools, gloves, water and snacks and much appreciation!

Visit us on Facebook and let us know if you can help us on Saturday (and bring a friend!). Thanks!

Update on DOT/ DWP Meeting, March 19 on By-Pass Issues

by Maryann Kuk - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11:16 pm - No Comments

Nearly 40 people walked the path on West Silver Lake Blvd.(WSL) to see first hand the construction plans and to talk with the project managers from both the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) and The Dept. of Water and Power (DWP).  CD4 Councilman, Tom LaBonge, served as “tour guide” and facilitator.

Although the department heads did provide detailed information about street configuration and a street closure at Tesla & WSL, they also heard a lot of ideas, suggestions and concerns from the residents who will be intimately and consistently impacted by the street construction/ traffic re-routing plans.

Closing Tesla at WSL for up to a week was a surprise to everyone.  Neighbors told the DOT that they need to have signage about the closure at the two streets that flow into Telsa, so that drivers won’t be surprised and have to back out of the one-way street, which could be very problematic should there be traffic behind them.  They agreed to this plan.

They also agreed to notify the Bureau of Sanitation re:  Thursday trash pick up as well as the MTA re: bus re-routing.

At 7:00 more than 80 neighbors joined the walkers at Ivanhoe School.  During the meeting, the DWP gave updates on the project timeline and the steps they’re taking to make sure it finishes on time.  They also assured the residents that both Ivanhoe and Silver Lake reservoirs would be refilled once the project was completed.  However, many were concerned with how the water was being taken out of the reservoirs and what type of water would be used to refill them.  They did not want a repeat of the huge amounts of water recently seen pouring down the streets at the Eagle Rock reservoir.  DWP is now looking at a variety of conservation/drought conscious methods to re-use, re-cycle and filter much of the water.  And they will investigate, along with other city agencies, various tactics to refill the reservoirs in the most cost-effective and drought-sensitive ways possible.

The most contentious part of the meeting dealt with traffic issues during the 8-10 month street construction project.  Residents gave a multitude of ideas and suggestions for reducing traffic jams and dangerous traffic flow through narrow residential streets.  Since many drivers will be directed to or choose to use Angus, Armstrong, and Kenilworth as an alternate to going southbound on WSL, neighbors were very concerned with pedestrian and vehicular safety on streets that can’t handle the current level of usage.

The DOT representative agreed to review the suggestions and Tom LaBonge will work with a committee of residents to determine with ways to mitigate or reduce their safety concerns.  The DOT’s initial plans will be re-evaluated regularly and they will make adjustments or changes when needed.

Although no idea was without a downside, and all agreed that this was going to be a difficult 8-10 months, there was relief that those who will be the most impacted were heard.

Now we will all have to stay calm and be hopeful that both the City Council and the City agencies will be vigilant in making this, if not a positive experience, at least a more tolerable one.

Leslie Edmonds

Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy

DWP Community Meeting on Bypass Pipeline Project March 19, 2015

by Maryann Kuk - Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 1:24 am - No Comments

Councilman Tom LaBonge (4th District), the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the Los Angeles Department of Transpotation invite you to a project walking tour and community meeting to discuss the traffic plan for the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex Bypass Line.  Starting March 23 and continuing through October 2015, West Silver Lake Drive will be one-way northbound from Hawick St to Armstrong Ave to allow for the pipeline construction, a critical and regulatory-required water quality project that will also ensure the long-term preservation of Silver Lake Reservoir.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

6PM:  Project walking Tour – Meet at West Silver Lake Drive at Hawick St and walk to Ivanhoe Elementary School

7PM:  Community Meeting  – Ivanhoe Elementary School, 2828 Herkimer St, Los Angeles, 90039

This meeting will focus specifically on the traffic mitigation measures being planned for this project.  For more detailed information on the overall project, please visit the DWP’s website for the project at www.ladwp.com/slrcbypass.

Communities show support for Reservoir Conservancy’s planting event on Armstrong Avenue

by Maryann Kuk - Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 10:32 pm - No Comments

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Kevin Nagaishi provides guidance to Marshall High School students who are
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SLRC’s Armstrong Avenue community planting event

The skies threatened, but that didn’t keep SLRC’s scheduled planting day on Armstrong Avenue from succeeding in clearing, planting and building communities. Nearly 50 California native and drought-tolerant plants (donated by C & S Nursery and SLRC) were added to the slope adjacent to the pedestrian path near the corner of Armstrong Avenue and Silver Lake Blvd. A ginormous shout-out goes to all of the following, who helped make the day such a success:

- Our community sponsors, Alimento (www.alimentola.com) and L & E Oyster Bar (www.leoysterbar.com)

- Silver Lake Farms (www.silverlakefarms.com) and Plant Systems (www.plantsystems.info) for their help with tools and mulch

- Kathleen Johnson and Julia King, founders of the nearby Meadow Native Garden

- Kevin Nagaishi and his Marshall High School students, who helped lend a hand that day

- Our neighbors on Armstrong Avenue (across the street from the work site)

- Everyone else who helped spread the word and who came out to help that day

- The entire SLRC Board, especially project manager Gabe Mason.

While much was accomplished, much is still left to be done. We have more plants on the way, and will need help weeding, mulching, planting and watering. We will have monthly work days to coincide with those of the Meadow Native Garden, every last Saturday morning of the month (at least through mid-summer). If you’d like to help in this effort, there are at least three things you can do:

1. Come out on a “Last Saturday” to lend a hand

2. Visit the SLRC web site and donate what you can to support these efforts – http://www.silverlakereservoirs.org/donate/

3. Contact the offices of LA City Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Mitch O’Farrell and ask that they see that this public city property is maintained by the city (it has not been).

And please check back here for new and updated information on our progress and future events!

Thank You !!

The Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy

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SLRC Board Member Francis Tran and Project Manager Gabe Mason support the efforts of community volunteers with a truckload of mulch donated by Plant Systems on Hyperion Avenue

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SLRC Board Member Rachel Klein helps eager students from Marshall High School plant California native plants on Armstrong Avenue

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Thanks to a community of volunteers, a slope of weeds was transformed into new plants and mulch in just a few hours