Crews clean up decades of muck in Portland’s Deering Oaks pond

Posted Dec. 18, 2010, at 12:27 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A city pond is getting a major cleanup.

Decades of accumulated mud and gunk are being removed from the pond at Deering Oaks in Portland. The pond’s original sandy bottom will eventually be exposed.

The combination is believed to have started a massive algae bloom in the pond during the summer.

As of Friday, 4,000 cubic yards — the volume of two, two-story houses — had been removed. Crews have been digging up muck for the past two weeks and continue into next week.

The Portland Press Herald reports the city plans to refill the pond for ice skating later this month.

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