Streets Division staff started its yearly dredging of drainage basins throughout the City. This involves a crane and clamming bucket that removes sediment, debris flows, trash, and vegetation in the larger drainages in the City. In the photos you will see City staff along with a crane contractor removing sediment from the retention pond at our Piombo pump station which is located just southeast of the DPW Corp Yard. This pond had large amounts of sediment build up and we believe the dredging will help with drainage in the area. Other areas to be dredged are the ditch near Smart and Final, the Kerner ditch and the Castlewood ditch. Due to the low rain totals this past year, minimal dredging was required.