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

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