- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Consultants have told Bend officials keeping landmark Mirror Pond means replacing or rebuilding the dam that forms it.

The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/QECWWy) that parks officials hired an Arizona engineering company to assess the dam. It impounds the Deschutes River downtown to create a lake popular for recreational use and a site for municipal celebrations.

The verdict: The century-old wooden dam will eventually fail. Replacing or rebuilding it would cost from $2 million to $3.7 million, not including significant costs of engineering, permits, dredging and possibly creating passage for fish.

Local officials are discussing whether the park district should acquire the dam from PacifiCorp, the power company that owns it.

PacifiCorp says it no longer makes financial sense to maintain the dam and its power supply.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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