Posted on March 7, 2016
By Liz Swain, San Diego Reader
One sign of the dredging of Old Mission Dam in Mission Trails Regional Park is an approximately 435-cubic-yard mound of sediment in a Santee parking lot. Dredging started February 17, and the City of San Diego’s $324,121 contract calls for Miramar General Engineering to remove 870 cubic yards of sediment, according to a March 1 email from Chris Zirkle, deputy director of the San Diego Park and Recreation Department’s Open Space Division.
Sediment removed from the 200-year-old San Diego River dam is drying in a dirt lot on the corner of Father Junípero Serra Trail and Bushy Hill Drive. The lot is across the street from the Kumeyaay Lake entrance; the dam is about 0.6 mile to the south. Once the sediment is dried, “it is hauled off-site to an approved disposal location of the contractor’s choice,” Zirkle wrote.
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