Dam Repairs on Scenic Drive

POSTED: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 5:23pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 6:07pm

El Paso- Jim Tolbert isn't happy with the view on Scenic Drive.  "Why should we come walking around enjoying scenic drive on scenic Sunday and what we see is this mess?"

He's talking about an old dam, right near the police academy.  The area was once filled with plants. But recent repairs to the utility have left it barren and brown.

Tolbert says, "It may very well be unnecessary. When you look around, you see all the beautiful native plants...and suddenly its gone from this dam area."

The pond slows rainwater on its descent into the city.  The utilities board says controlling water flow is essential to public safety, especially during monsoon season.

Spokeswoman Christina Montoya says "Because it's able to hold the water and then have it flow out at a slow, controlled rate, it prevents the flooding below it."

A plugged drainage pipe forced El Paso Water Utilities to makes repairs.  The utilities board says the pond might look bad now, but it won't last forever.

Montoya says "We are planning on planting some grass seed...and eventually over time, some of the vegetation will grow back and we just ask for people's patience and understanding."

Jim Tolbert says he understands that public safety trumps beauty, but says the mountain is too nice for repairs last too long.

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WOW in 2006 all the green view really helped the westside,and further more no one complained when it was filled with trash sofas carparts,etc.Yah ur rite lets leave EL PASO, LOOKING LIKE A TRASH HEAP!EL PASO WATER UTILITIES THANK YOU FOR A GREAT JOB IT BRING BEAUTY AND SAFTEY TO OUR BARRIO THAT MAN NEEDS TO WORRY ABOUT HIS OWN LOOKS UGLY!

Well THAT'S a nice new face! The best to you kid!

Great job Matt. Nice to see a fresh new face in the news world. Best of luck in your new endeavor.

The Mountain is too nice for repairs that last 2 long. That dam repair!

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