Mark Davis 
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Re: “A Ballot Measure on Mirror Pond?

The discussion about dredging Mirror Pond is a distraction from saving Mirror Pond. Mirror Pond is dependent on a dam and the deposits that have accumulated have little effect on the looks or function of the pond. The MPS proposal of dredging has derailed the important funding, planning and collaboration that is needed to save the dam that creates Mirror Pond. Without a strong determined effort to replace the failing timber-crib section of the Bend Hydro Dam, it is likely that Mirror Pond will resort back to a natural river along with the decommissioning of the Bend Hydro Project.

The Bend Hydro Dam is governed by the authority of the Oregon Water Resources Department. The OWRD is now reviewing the hazard rating to consider the increased housing and recreation that has occurred below the dam in the last decade. This review could change the hazard rating from significant to high to address the probable loss of life in the event of a dam failure. The hazard rating is the basis of all dam safety and a high rating will increase inspection and safety standards, including the creation of an emergency action plan.

There could also be addition analysis of the structural stability of the dam due to the increased occurrences of needle bay failures and the use of sheet-pile to control these failures as stated in the recommendations of the 2015 OWRD inspection. These single skin sheet-pile repairs disregard the recommendations of Gannett Fleming Engineering who performed a condition assessment of the dam in 2014 for the Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District. This report stated that dam failure could happen at anytime and recommended that the timber-crib section be replaced with a new concrete dam.

At this time, HB 2085 dam safety bill, is working its way though the Oregon legislature on its way to becoming law. This law will give the OWRD the authority to obtain an injunction to lower the water level behind dams that are a threat to lives and property. This could leave Mirror Pond without water and expose the dreaded mudflats.

Its time for the City of Bend to realize that PacifiCorp is acting in the best interest of their stockholders to rid themselves of this deadbeat dam that has no financial prospects, and understand that the community's emotional attachment to the pond is being used as a bargaining chip.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 04/25/2019 at 10:04 PM

Re: “COCC Names its Top Pick For President

If she has done her homework then she would know how dangerous a place COCC is. How will she make it a safe place to be?

Posted by Mark Davis on 02/22/2019 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Parking Updates Go Into Effect

No problem. Plenty of other places to go and obviously downtown does not need my business.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 01/08/2019 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Park Board to Vote Tuesday on Funding Mirror Pond Dredging

Maybe the Park Board could explain why they think MPS owns the land under the pond.

Bulletin July13, 2013: McKay land claim hard to prove
However, the story has proved difficult to substantiate the more people look into it. A search of Deschutes County Assessors records turned up no evidence that the McKay family owns or pays taxes on land under the Deschutes River. The Bend Park & Recreation District and the city of Bend have not obtained deeds or other documents to back up the McKay familys ownership claims.
The Bulletin asked AmeriTitle to prepare a title report on land under Mirror Pond. On Thursday, Chuck Sheffield, a vice president of AmeriTitle, said the company could not provide a clear record of ownership.

The McKay Trusts ownership of the land beneath Mirror Pond has been verified through a legal review of title research conducted by AmeriTitle in summer, 2013.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 12/17/2018 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Living on Lava

A flood resulting from a dam failure is far too low on the list. There are many dams in Central Oregon built out of local cinders and rock. Liquefaction is a problem with these dams. Grout screens have been installed in Wickiup to mitigate this inherent weakness, but not all dams have been strengthened. A failure at Wickiup would be on par with the camp fire in terms of destruction of property and lives. Dam failures are not rare as there have been many within our lifetime caused by feeble attempts to control nature.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 12/04/2018 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Drying Up?

It would be hard to separate the loss of aquifer water loss due to irrigation improvements from our drought conditions. We have both.

Posted by Mark Davis on 08/24/2018 at 11:18 AM

Re: “High Desert Herstory

Fully under-celebrated are the Kayak Moms here in Bend, who are bad-ass enough on their own, but still have the energy to shuttle the gang of dirt-bag wannabes from takeout the putin day after day for years. All this time, mostly, hiding the fears they share with their off-spring while they descend into the gorge below. That takes courage

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Posted by Mark Davis on 06/30/2018 at 11:59 AM

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