It’s Great Blue Heron nesting season! Check out this stunning photo of an adult heron and its chick in the nest. You can see and photograph scenes like this from the West Silverlake Drive path on the west side of the Reservoir, near Hawick Street. The herons have been nesting in the eucalyptus grove there for many years.
The reconstruction of the Olive Grove off of the Tesla portion of the Reservoir walking path on the very north end has been completed by the Department of Water & Power. Among the improvements will be additional lighting and security features, an upgraded water fountain and replacement of a diseased tree. This might be a good weekend for hanging out there and taking in the natural beauty of the place, along with the many passers-by.
Silver Lake Reservoir on a hot May morning — photo by Anna Darr, courtesy of The Eastsider.
The Eastsider today writes about colorful pipes being installed in Elysian Park as part of a project to irrigate the 575-acre park with recycled or reclaimed water. State laws mandate that reclaimed water pipes be purple. The pipes will be connected to a recycled water system, which will include pumping stations and a 2-million-gallon storage tank. The Elysian Park Water Recycling Project will reduce consumption of potable (drinking) water for irrigation and industrial uses.
This project is of particular interest to the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy because turning the Reservoir into a large storage basin for recycled water is one of the ideas being considered by the LA Dept. of Water & Power and the Bureau of Sanitation. While very much in the concept stage, the Reservoir might be tied into the LA River and the Glendale Narrows water treatment plant via those purple pipes, with the water being used to irrigate the golf courses in Griffith Park. It’s one of many ideas for the future of the Reservoirs once they are no longer needed to store drinking water in a few years. Here’s the link: (Photo courtesy of the Eastsider)
The benches in the little grove off the walking path on Tesla have been removed as part of the Department of Water & Power’s response to neighborhood security concerns. But not to worry — they will soon be back. DWP will reorient the bases so that when they turn the benches in the opposite direction — facing the grassy field instead — they will still face each other. DWP, often a responsible steward of its (our!) property, will also install a light on the power pole on Tesla, as well as a new camera on the existing camera post. (Photo by Leslie Edmonds)
Coinciding with the Neutra Institute’s fourth annual Run/Walk, Dion Neutra has unveiled his vision for the future of the Reservoir complex, specifically on the Meadow, across the street from the acclaimed VDL Research House designed by his father, Richard. Read all about it and the event here in the Eastsider: