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Dam Deconstruction Begins At Tempe Town Lake

3D Model Of Tempe Town Lake Western Dam
(Photo by Carrie Jung - KJZZ)
A 3D model of the Tempe Town Lake western dam replacement.

Efforts to remove the rubber dam at Tempe Town Lake began Monday. It comes shortly after crews finished draining the lake as part of the city’s dam replacement project.

"Crews are out here unbolting the rubber bladders and then pumping out a little bit of water that was held back by a cement lip," said Kris Baxter-Ging, a spokeswoman with the city of Tempe. 

Baxter-Ging said while there is no water in the lake, the lakebed will remain off-limits to members of the public.

The city is on track to reopen the lake with the new hydraulically operated steel dam on April 30.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.