Finish date extended for pond dredging

Rock outcroppings and shallow water around the islands in the south end of Mirror Pond have slowed the dredging operation at the pond and pushed back the completion date of the project from this weekend to the middle of next week.

Mike Wilson, Bend city engineer, said today dredge company owner Don Sandau had hoped to complete his work in the pond today or Saturday, but his crews have experienced problems  dredging around the islands.

”Whenever they hit rocks their auger machine slips, their anchor doesn’t hold and they have to pull back and start again,” Wilson said. ”They’ve spent several frustrating days working around the islands.”

The crews will shut down Sunday, Wilson said. He predicted the operation would be completed by Wednesday.

Sandau bid approximately $280,000 to do the project, and work began in April.

The dredge work was needed to improve the fish habitat and the stream flow in the pond, Wilson said. Crews are removing 6 to 7 feet of sediment from most of the pond.

The deeper water will provide more cool water for fish and expand the channel to cover most of the pond, Wilson said.

He said the city has received three complaints from residents living near the pond unhappy with the noise of the dredge. Dredge crews have been working day and night shifts.

Source: The Bulletin ©1984

Dredge job end in sight, Sandau says

The owner of the company hired to dredge Mirror Pond predicted today that his crews would complete the dredging work this week, possibly by Friday.

The work began over two months ago, but mechanical problems and a sna.fu involving a replacement engine cost Don Sandau and his crew about three weeks of work.

Other delays, caused by vandalized equipment and the Cascade Festival of Music concerts, also slowed the dredge operation.

The delays worried city officials because ~e project has to be completed by the July 31 cutoff date established by the State Land Board.

Sandau was concerned because his company stood to lose money if the delays continued. The project initially was planned to take about 30 days.

Last week a water pump coupling on the footbridge split, but Sandau was able to find a part at a local hardware store.

Standing on the footbridge over the pond this morning, Sandau said he hoped his company would make some money on the project.

“I don’t know how much we’ll make,” he said. “But if you don’t lose any, then that ain’t bad.”

The ex-Navy pilot summed up the project another way: “Any landing is a good one if you walk away from it. I think we’ll walk away from this one.”

Source: The Bulletin ©1984