Pond Down, Revealing Rocks, Mud, Debris

Acres or mud flats, ooze-covered rocks and much debris came into view this morning as the Mirror Pond was lowered.

Past the mud banks, the Deschutes, brown and swift, raced in a strong current through the basin normally occupied by the Mirror Pond, one of the state’s beauty spots.

But there was only ugliness in the basin today, and the smell like that of a drying tide flat.

Ducks, geese, swans and coots were enjoying life, however. The lowering of the pond not only brought to view aquatic weeds, but hundreds of big crawfish. Ducks were feeding voraciously on the crawdads, which were attempting to move over the mud to reach the swift water.

The Mirror Pond has been lowered to make it possible for the Pacific Power and Light Co. to do some long delayed work on the grates at the power dam.

Cooperating with the power company, irrigation districts have diverted water into canals south of town, to reduce the flow past Bend. Also, water is being stored at Wickiup and Crane Prairie.

The power company expects to complete the repair work by Wednesday.

City crews are also busy while the Mirror Pond is missing, with Percy Drosi, city water and street superintendent, compiling an imposing list of things that must be done while the water is low.

Lowering of the pond started last night, and by daylight this morning mud flats were coming into view. Some of these are imposing, with on in front of the Drake Park bandstand covering more than an acre. This bank is about six feet deep. There are other huge flats upstream, just below the Tumalo Bridge, and downstream in front of Brooks Park.

Mud banks were slumping into the river this morning, as the stream undercut the flats.

Old timers said the river has changed its course in a number of places since the pond was last lowered.

Fish were jumping in the muddy stream this morning, and some fear was held they would suffocate because of the amount of silt in the water.

Source: The Bend Bulletin ©1957

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