Echo Park Lake Restoration Receives AAEES Grand Prize for Environmental Sustainability

Black & Veatch project improves water quality & protects wildlife habitat

Black & Veatch Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

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."

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