As they left the August 6th public meeting with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP),
the SFVAS contingent and others present breathed a sigh of relief and harbored cautious optimism
regarding the future of the Ecology Pond and DWP’s commitment to preserving the wildlife habitat in
the Chatsworth Nature Preserve in perpetuity.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch Englander, District 12, welcomed the 200 or so present,
introduced Mr. Martin Adams (DWP Senior Assistant General Manager — Water) and remained
throughout the meeting to assist with questions most appropriate to his office.
The highlight of the meeting was Mr. Adams’ presentation on the history, current situation and future
options for the Ecology Pond. Highlights included DWP’s commitment to the Pond as a year-round
water source for wildlife, continuation of their activities to put water in the pond throughout the
summer, the components of a plan to secure reliable sources of sufficient water, removing the excess
sediment from the pond while preserving the ecosystem, a public website specific to the Preserve,
opportunities for public involvement, and a commitment for sufficient funding to achieve these goals.
After Mr. Adams’ presentation there was a one hour period for public questions and answers. This was
time well spent, and addressed details not included in the presentation. There remain a number of
unanswered questions and clarification needed on some items discussed.
Additional public comments and questions are solicited until August 21, after which the detail planning
phase will begin. SFVAS, along with its partners, will constantly monitor the progress of this effort and
keep our members informed.
Our kudos go to Mark Osokow for his knowledge, enthusiasm and long-term commitment to this
project. It’s been years in coming, with a few years yet to go before we will see the final results.