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Agua Caliente pond renovations coming in 2019

TUCSON – A new concept plan has been created for the restoration of pond one at Agua Caliente Park.

Members of the community got a chance to review those plans on Thursday, November 8th.

A major focus of the project is water conservation; to restore the pond and make it sustainable long-term.

“At the end of the day, when we get to the head of the project, it’ll be a much more healthy pond, saving a lot of water, and reducing the energy consumption,” said Chris Cawein, Pima County Natural Resources, Park & Recreation Director.

Officials say Agua Caliente’s spring has not produced measurable flows of water since 2014 and has required continuous pumping of groundwater to keep the pond full.

Officials say the park will be temporarily closed during construction, but there will be signs alerting the public of the project’s progress.

The goals to renovate pond one include dredging the pond to increase depths, reduce water loss from the bottom with a polymer-amended soil lining and replanting cattails in containers and increase the water depth at the pond’s edge to control the spread of cattails.

The restoration is set to begin next summer.

Kylie Warren

Kylie Warren

Kylie Warren is the Senior 10 p.m. Producer for News 4 Tucson. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Journalism.
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