We Have Goose Issues: WSJ Interviews Maria Of Echo Park
The Wall Street Journal cares about our geese. Well, our celebrity geese. They care so much that they sent someone here to talk to Echo Park's famous Maria and her man-friend / walking buddy retiree Dominic Ehrler about their possible relocation during the upcoming $65 million overhaul of the park.
The city is expected to begin rehab on park by summer starting with the 14-acre lake, "built as a reservoir in the 1860s, but now the center of a gentrifying neighborhood where dog-walking film editors mingle with immigrant families as men fish for catfish," says the Wall Street Journal. "The rehabilitation project will drain the lake to remove debris and droppings from the dozens of geese and ducks that live there. For two years, the lake's fountains will be shut, its center a dry lake bed circled by a fence."
The state identified problems with the lake in 2006 citing "algae, ammonia, copper, lead, odor, PCBs and trash" as possible reasons for the signature Lotus plants' disappearance. It is unclear if Maria and her animal friends will also disappear as the lake problem begins to be solved. Notes WSJ, "in its environmental-impact report on the lake, the city worried more about the nesting grounds of blue herons and other birds that stop on their way to other havens, even planning to construct small temporary ponds for them."