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Black & Veatch project improves water quality & protects wildlife habitat
Restoration of Echo Park Lake and its parklands has received the 2014 Environmental Sustainability Grand Prize from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). Black & Veatch provided engineering and design services for the multi-year project.
"This award recognizes the efforts of the city of Los Angeles to restore the centerpiece of a valuable urban park," said Cindy Wallis-Lage, president of Black & Veatch's water business. "To meet their goal for a sustainable solution, we were challenged to deliver a chemical-free water treatment plan. Our innovative approach has allowed Echo Park Lake to regain its place as a center for community recreation."
The project was financed by the City of Los Angeles Proposition O. The measure required water quality improvement, and vegetation and habitat restoration. The Black & Veatch team delivered multipurpose solutions while balancing the city's goals and objectives in a sustainable manner. The project maintains the lake's important flood control, recreational and aesthetic features.
"The key to this project was collaboration," said Black & Veatch Project Manager Hala Titus. "We are pleased to have been able to help return Echo Park Lake to the community."