Lake, the site of an annual lotus blossom festival and dragon boat race is a sight to behold. A new energy surounds the $45-million, two-year renovation with angeleno’s from all walks of the city. In 2006, Echo Park Lake was identified by the State of California as an impaired water body. The lake was originally built in the 1860s as a reservoir for drinking water. Today Echo Park Lake is a Los Angeles icon that functions primarily as a detention basin in the City’s storm drain system, while providing recreational benefits and wildlife habitat. Echo Park Lake also plays host to community events, such as the Lotus Festival at Echo Park. The City of Los Angeles has rehabilitated Echo Park Lake to remedy its stormwater pollution problem, meet the State’s water quality standards, and give the Echo Park community an improved and more sustainable lake to enjoy. Key elements of the project include new lake edging, a clay liner to reduce water leaking through the lake bottom, in-lake recirculation and aeration systems, wetland areas, water-wise landscaping, porous pavement walking paths, and a reconstructed lotus bed.
In November 2004, voters of the City of Los Angeles passed the Proposition O – Clean Water Bond, authorizing $500 million of general obligation bonds for projects to protect public health and the environment by cleaning pollution, including bacteria and trash, in the City’s watercourses, rivers, lakes, beaches, and ocean. These projects assist the City of Los Angeles in meeting federal Clean Water Act requirements.