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Hand-dredged History

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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