Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project

On November 2, 2004, the voters of Los Angeles overwhelmingly passed Proposition O, a $500 million bond issue for open space improvement projects.

Out of the $500 million authorized, a total of $117 million has been committed to Machado Lake and the Wilmington Drain, which form an interconnected open space in and around the 241-acre Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park near Wilmington and Harbor City.

Among other project components is habitat improvement, including removal of non-native invasive plants, and planting of appropriate native riparian species.

The South Coast Chapter provided input during the eight public meetings from September 2008 to July 2009, and at a scoping session for the Environmental Impact Report on September 17, 2009.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report was released in March 2010, a related public meeting occurred on April 27 and the comment period ended May 3, 2010.

Project staff conducted a community workshop on August 17, 2010 to provide a general update and receive additional comments from the public. The Final EIR was certified on September 28, 2010.

Project staff conducted an additional community workshop on September 14, 2011 to provide a summary of project refinements and receive additional comments from the public. The rehabilitation project commenced in Spring 2014 and is on schedule to be completed in Spring 2017.

Phase 1 of the project was completed in Spring 2015. The Wilmington Drain, a 27-acre section at the north end of the project (between Lomita Boulevard and PCH) was dedicated as the “Harbor City Greenway” and opened to the public on June 20, 2015.

For more information, please see the following:

Proposition O Background – Need Link
Environmental Reports
Progress reports, pictures and video – updated April 2015

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