We Don’t Need No Education

When water was drained from the Mirror Pond early this morning, ugly mud flats took shape in the big basin, with waterfowl feasting on crawdads. This is a view upstream showing the extensive mud flats in the cove that fronts on Drake Park near the band stand. This is one of the most extensive areas of siltation in the pond.  11-25-1957 (Bend Bulletin Photo)
When water was drained from the Mirror Pond early this morning, ugly mud flats took shape in the big basin, with waterfowl feasting on crawdads. This is a view upstream showing the extensive mud flats in the cove that fronts on Drake Park near the band stand. This is one of the most extensive areas of siltation in the pond. 11-25-1957 (Bend Bulletin Photo)

At today’s joint City of Bend, Oregon Government Council and the Bend Park & Recreation District Board meeting, Councilor Mark Capell helped to propagate one of Mirror Pond’s craziest and most ignorant myths: “Mirror Pond never had a problem with silt until after the mills quit dredging the mill pond in the 1980s.” Mirror Pond has had a problem with silt and weeds since the 1920s. Here is an example from the 1950s.

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