Machado Lake and the Wilmington Drain form an interconnected open space near Wilmington and Harbor City. Machado Lake is located in the Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. The lake and park are important recreational and natural area resources for Harbor and South Bay residents who have used the area for picnics, fishing, bird watching, boating, canoeing, and hiking.
The Wilmington Drain is a channelized stream that conveys urban runoff and stormwater to Machado Lake and ultimately to the Los Angeles Harbor. Originally a natural stream, most of it is now concrete-lined. It is currently managed by Los Angeles County as a flood control channel. The lake and drain have both been identified as impaired water bodies as a result of pollution in stormwater and urban runoff flowing from its 15,553-acre watershed. The Wilmington Drain feeds more than half of the water that flows into Machado Lake, so its water quality is of great importance.
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works project team is committed to keeping the community updated on the latest information about the Wilmington Drain and Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation project. We encourage you to bookmark this page, and tell your neighbors about it! It's the easiest way to know what's going on with the City's plans to improve and beautify the lake. You can also submit your questions about the lake improvements to the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to respond to you as soon as possible.