Now that downtown Bend’s Mirror Pond dam has sprung its third leak in five years, residents are looking forward to seeing what the area might look like as a natural river.
The dam’s owner is PacifiCorp.
The utility found the leak in the 100-year-old dam last week.
The discovery has breathed new life into talks about whether it should be repaired or removed.
“So we’re going to get a real opportunity to see the river in it’s natural channel,” he said. “See how much land’s around it. It’s going to be muddy and dirty, but we’re going to get an idea of the volume of land and the path of the river at least.”
Dahl says local residents are split on whether the dam should stay or be removed.
A spokesman says PacifiCorp is looking into the leak and whether it make sense to spend the money to continue operating the dam: to sell it; or to remove it.
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