Echo Park has been a part of Los Angeles history for more than 150 years. Echo Park Lake, however, had become a collection point for pollution and was impaired by algae and other contaminants.
Proposition O in the City of Los Angeles provided the funding for a major rehabilitation of Echo Park Lake. Black & Veatch was selected by the city to conduct the design of the rehabilitation project. One of the major goals of the project was to meet the water quality objectives established by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board.
The City of Los Angeles along with Black & Veatch restored the iconic Echo Park Lake to its former glory. The bond-funded $45 million project redefined the lake as a stormwater treatment facility. To enhance water conservation, a liner system was installed to reduce water loss through the soil. This liner system will maintain the lake’s water level without the need for municipal potable water.