03/01/2013 01:39 pm ET Updated May 01, 2013

Echo Park Lake Is All Wet - Again -- The Eastsider LA

A hard-hat tour of Echo Park Lake this morning revealed that  water once again covered much of  the bottom of the lake as it is being refilled in the final phases of an $85 million clean up.  Granted, the water in some spots was only a few inches deep in several sections but the lake was once again looking like lake instead of a dusty construction site as had been the case for many months. In fact, one of the new wetlands created on the west side of the  14-acre lake resembled a rice paddy as workers (pictured above)  waded and hunched over in the cold water to plant some of the nearly 20,000 aquatic plants that will grow in the lake.  The new Echo Park Lake, which has a capacity of about 27 million gallons, will be more water wise than its predecessor, explained project engineer Julie Allen, who lead this morning's tour.