Reservoirs EIR Available — 180 Months of Construction, Thousands of Truck Trips Outlined in Document
Updated: Nov 5, 2022
The highly-anticipated draft of the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex Master Plan
Environmental Impact Report, commonly known as the EIR, has been released. The
voluminous report (650 pages) was mandated by the City of Los Angeles and evaluates
the impact of constructing a major public park at the 127-acre reservoirs, surrounding
neighborhoods and wildlife, including migrating birds.
Based on comments included in the SLRCMP scoping, an overwhelming majority of
respondents are either strongly opposed to the proposed project or have serious
concerns. The top concerns are removal of the perimeter fence; noise nuisances caused
by special events and amplified music; construction noise; negative impacts on wildlife;
traffic, congestion and crime; duration of the project; disruption of the quality of life for
residents living within 500 feet of the complex. Sadly, many of Silver Lake Recreation
Complex' features, including the dog parks, walking paths, the Meadow, and the recreation
center will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC for years during the multiphase construction
Silver Lake Together opposes the project as presented, but we strongly encourage our
readers to review the entire document, appendix and all, to reach their own conclusions.
The full report is daunting and we recommend starting with the executive summary and
then reviewing chapters of interest and public comments. Thanks to the Silver Lake
Wildlife Sanctuary, missing chapters 4 and 5 are now available at the end of the long list
of chapters. These are important to read. Stay tuned!