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Echo Park Lake goes green

Photo by Jeremy C. Simon

The arrival of spring not only finds plants and trees blooming but also apparently algae across Echo Park Lake. Jeremy C. Simon of Echo Park snapped the photo Sunday morning as a large section of the north side of the lake, which is still be refilled with water following an $85 million clean up,  was covered with a bright green sheen. Anyone have a very long pool skimmer?



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  1. Yes! I do! I have a very long pool skimmer.

  2. That’s got to be an epic nitrogen cycle going on!!

  3. I’m afraid that without the aeration fountain as part of the this project, we can expect a lot of algea from now on — until the next cleanup in about 30 years. The city is not going to go out there and scoop it up regularly — you will be lucky if they scoop it up once a year.

    • The final EIR report’s project objectives states (from page ES-3,
      “Replacing fountain pump station and developing aeration systems so that water circulation in the Lake, as well as dissolved oxygen levels would be improved.”

      Page 3, 1-27 also states that the fountain itself would remain in place.

  4. I don’t believe they’ve turned the fountain back on yet.

  5. they haven’t turned the fountain back on, the water is nowhere near high enough, yet. however it doesn’t seem like the level has changed very much if at all in the passed month. the algal in that photo dispersed into pockets around the edges today. looks like most or all of the lights for the paths are in place now.

  6. No need to fret, if water gathers things happen, like midges/aquatic gnats, mosquitoes, migratory and local birds arrive, air-borne plant life, and algae.

    EP Lake is a considerable bod of water, project has phases, won’t be done for a while.

  7. No need to fret, if water gathers things happen, like midges/aquatic gnats, mosquitoes, migratory and local birds arrive, air-borne plant life, and algae.

    EP Lake is a considerable bod of water, project has phases, won’t be done for a while. I’ll be patient.

    • I wouldnt even waste your time dood explaining to these morons who think and report stupid obvious stories like this that and algae bloom is a phenominon to write about…wait until it starts to smell like shit in these warmer days to come.

  8. Well J I date all the way back to pre-fountain/aeration days, when lake was greener than deepest green one can imagine, and a few floating carp/giant goldfish carcasses on hot summer days, fly-blown islands they were, gave the air a maximum organic scenting. Whoa. Then there were the bird carcasses, too.

  9. along with many birds finding their way back to the lake, there are now gazillions of tiny gnats.

  10. @b, those are called midges by fly-fisherman, true. Buzzers by the Brits. Some bite (dreaded no-see-ums) and some don’t. EP Lake’s don’t. They are called Diptera, p being silent (Di-ptera, two-winged), and exist in prob every standing bod of water on earth. I like bugs.

  11. my old apartment! it was all mine:). i loved that place.

  12. Vincent Montalvo

    Well alge is the lasthing we all need to worry about this multi million dollar project. The real questions should be will they return the echo park lakes fish back for our recreational fisherman. The fish are not only important to our fisherman and fisherwomen but for echo park lake delicate eco system. Our lake is in the middle of the pacific fly way zone. The lake attracks many diffent types of fish eating birds and without fish our wildlife will suffer. I attended the last meeting of the Propostion O and they still had no plan to restock our lake with any fish. I attended many meeting were they stated they were going to return our lake back to us the way they had found it. Well the last time I checked before they drained the lake they had a thriving fishery. That raised trophy size bass and bluegill. Echo park lake has a long history of recreational fishing . If you guys want fish back in your lake contact California department or fish and game Att: Brian Young and let him know you want Larg mouth Bass, bluegill, red ear, channle catfish, rainbow trout, and black crappie.

    As for the Alge it comes with the lake and its nature being nature. The biggest worry now is who will mantain our $85 million dollar investment. We all know that department of recreation and parks dose not have staff or the know how to run this system. It is a classic case of how our city works spends with out thinking of the future.

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