I can’t imagine Bend’s elected officials or the general public tolerating the demise of Mirror Pond. So how about a simple and inexpensive solution to the buildup of sediment in that portion of the Deschutes River?
People are willing to pay big bucks for good topsoil in this desert land of sand and rocks. The city should temporarily lower the river level sufficiently to dry out the sediment, put some big balloon tires on backhoes, and load the rich loam into homeowners’ pickup trucks and contractors’ behemoths, enriching the city’s coffers with the revenue.
And while the river level is so low, a few geese might vacate the area! Everybody wins.
Source: The Bulletin ©2011