Links and Resources

Ballona Creek Historical Ecology

Silver Lake sits astride the two major watersheds in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles River Watersed and the Ballona Watershed. The borders of these two regions were much more flexible before development and channelization. I see a great potential to provide greater connections between the Ballona and Los Angeles River Watersheds.

Ballona Watershed Projects

Los Angeles River Projects

Local Stormwater Projects

The Silver Lake Microshed would certainly not be the first project of its kind in Los Angeles, although it would probably be the largest. There are many interesting projects that are an inspiration for my work.

Low Impact Development (LID)

This is a general term for projects that limit stormwater runoff and encourage groundwater recharge. There is a nationwide strategy to encourage this kind of development, although strategies and goals are very different between dry and wet climates.

Silver Lake Conservancy

This organization is "dedicated to preserving and enhancing the historical, aesthetic, ecological and recreational benefits of Silver Lake's open waters and surrounding open space." Formerly known as the Committee to Save Silver Lake's Reservoirs, their web site has links to the Silver Lake Master Plan, which was prepared by Mia Lehrer and Associates for the Department of Water and Power, which owns and operates the Reservoirs.

The River Conduit Project

Currrently the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is engaged in a project that will replace Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs with the Headworks Project in Griffith Park. In fact, due to current EPA regulations, all open air reservoirs must be taken off line or covered.

Academic & Professional Resources