Further proof that the tide may well be turning:
That long, split-pea green bar on top represents the 62.26% of respondents who think "The dam should be removed and the river returned to its natural channel." About 300 participated in the the unofficial survey, issued by the Old Bend Neighborhood Association via the website mirrorpond.info.
The last two questions of the eight-question survey were also surprising/pleasing to see:
Q7 If the dam is removed, what would you like to see happen to the land no longer submerged under Mirror Pond?
12.31% — It remain in the hands of its current owners. (McKay family?, etc.)
15.77% — It becomes the property of the adjacent land owners, maintaining their river frontage.
71.92% — It becomes public property and remains in public use.
Q8 Which would you prefer?
44.32% — Mirror Pond to retain its current charm and iconic stature.
55.68% — Boat or float the Deschutes River from above the Bill Healy Bridge to below the First Street Rapids.