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The silt build up is getting bad again and the district is deciding what to do going forward.

 

Some possibilities include dredging the pond again or doing away with the dam and consequenlty the pond eventually.

 

Bend native Wade Fagen ran on this issue when running for city council last year.  He thinks the solution is simple.

 

"You lower the water during the low flow in the fall, when the canals are still running on the south side.  And you'l l see the channel for Mirror Pond is only 8 to 16 feet.  All the rest of the mud flats will dry out.  You let that dry out and you're left with top soil which is easy to extradite without every touching the water."

 

Fagan says if you don't touch the water, he doesn't see why the district would need any state or federal permits to do the work.

 

Bend Parks and Rec is asking residents to fill out a questionnaire on their website to get a feel for the direction the community wants to go on this issue.  They plan to make a final deicison this June.

Traffic

 

 

  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • Purcell Boulevard Northbound lane between Neff Road and Full Moon Drive (West side of the hospital) is closed until December 20th.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.