Rehabilitating One of the Largest Ecosystems in Southern California
The city’s goal was to improve the lake’s water quality and enhance a large green space in an area with significant environmental challenges and minimal recreational opportunities. Contaminated sediment was dredged from the lake and a lake oxygenation system was installed to further enhance the water quality. With the completion of this project, Machado Lake is now a sustainable community resource for all to enjoy.
The second phase consisted of Machado Lake improvements, such as dredging lake sediment and capping the lake bottom with a bio-layer that promotes aquatic habitat while preventing contaminant reintroduction constructing oxygenation removal systems; installing aquatic habitat features, and rehabilitating the dam structure at the south end of the lake. Invasive vegetation was removed and replaced with native plants and grasses, and natural resources were conserved using native plants and reclaimed water for landscape irrigation.
New park features provide the neighborhood with a green space to enjoy for generations. Four fishing piers and two shoreline fishing platforms were constructed, which allow catch-and-release fishing. In addition, paved pathways, trails, bridges and benches provide the community safe means to explore and enjoy the recreational amenities of the park. The project was completed ahead of schedule and opened to the public in 2017.