Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation Begins


City of Los Angeles Councilmember Joe Buscaino, public officials and Harbor City residents participated in a recent groundbreaking ceremony for the Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project at the Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park.

“I’m pleased that this project is starting now,” said Councilmember Joe Buscaino. “We owe it to this community to restore this lake as a venue to celebrate nature, diversity and families.”

The Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation is a Proposition O – Clean Water Bond project located in the 290-acre Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. The primary goal of the project is to improve the water quality in the 45-acre Machado Lake, while enhancing the surrounding nature habitat and the recreational features of the park. Lake improvements include dredging approximately 239,000 cubic yards of sediment, capping the lake bottom with a bio-layer cap and constructing an oxygenation system. Storm drain facility improvements involve installing water treatment systems at the major storm drain inlets to the lake to remove pollutants from the urban runoff before it enters the lake. Vegetation, habitat, and park improvements include invasive plant removal, replanting of native species, park landscaping and irrigation.

The $75 million project is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2017.

Photo courtesy of the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works.


Comments (10)

  1. James Rogers
    July 6th, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I drive past this area often and have noticed all the activity in and around the park wondering what is going on so I decided to do a little investigation and found this site.
    I am glad to hear of the restoration project; I was not aware of it and thought that maybe the park and lake were being replaced with some other kind of land development.
    Thank you for caring about the environment.

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      LA Stormwater
      July 9th, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Hi James,

      Thanks so much for your interest in our program and your curiosity about the work that is being done at Machado Lake. We are excited about this restoration project and the new beginning it represents for this important waterbody!

      Joyce Amaro,
      LA Stormwater

  2. Victor
    September 10th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Hello Joyce,

    Where can we view the construction drawings for this project?
    Do you have a project timeline of the progress of the project?
    Appreciate your help, thank you.


  3. Vince
    October 7th, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Will there be fishing when the lake is reopened?

  4. Vince
    October 7th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Will there be any type of fishing when it reopens

  5. David Ewald
    December 8th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    The fishing will be excellent with the addition of hundreds of artificvial habitat structures to give the fish areas to hide and hunt, growing big for fishers to enjoy! Fishiding habitat products utilize reclaimed PVC siding to build new homes for the fish while keeping the long lasting material from ending up in landfills.

  6. Tom Clayton
    February 6th, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Will there be a historical center where people can go to understand the history of area being rehabilitated?

  7. Justin Ezzi
    March 8th, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    This project is fabulous! Thank you. We love to go freshwater fishing, so this is perfect. My concern (hope) is that the park will be maintained and safe.

  8. Anonymous
    February 26th, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    After 30 years of enjoying the Park and fiercely advocating for improvements, it is deeply rewarding to see the Prop O project nearing completion. I hope that the City remains vigilant in monitoring the success of the water quality and habitat improvements and continues these efforts long after the initial completion of the project. The Park offers something to nearly everyone, yet I ask the City to ensure that any programs, activities, or projects allowed or promoted in the Park remain true to the goals and intent of Prop O. Preserving the natural values and opportunities for young and old alike to connect with nature are what Ken Malloy would have wanted!

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