According to The Bulletin’s July 19 editorial, “The prime cause (of the silt buildup in Mirror Pond) is the nearby hydroelectric dam that slows the water flow, causing sediment to drop and build up in the pond.”
The dam is owned by Pacific Power.
To address the sediment problem, a “staff study” has been commissioned, with the city of Bend and the Bend Park & Recreation District each contributing $100,000 to the effort, from our tax dollars.
Why are taxpayers on the hook for this study? Why no contribution from Pacific Power? Not only is its dam responsible for the silt buildup, but it is benefiting from a nice revenue stream generated by our river.
Why the silence from Pacific Power? Why aren’t we asking more of it?