Hearing: How to Clean Presidio Lake

Cleanup costs estimated at $9.5 million.

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012  |  Updated 6:35 AM PDT
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Hearing: How to Clean Presidio Lake

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Plans to clean up one of San Francisco's last natural lakes are set to get a public hearing.

The Presidio Trust has scheduled a two-hour community workshop to go over the various cleanup proposals for Mountain Lake for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The 4-acre lake sits on the southern boundary of the Presidio. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the mud at the lake's bottom is contaminated with lead, pesticides and oil that has drained off Park Presidio Boulevard and the adjacent golf course.

Among the cleanup options is to drain the lake and scoop out the silt. But the Presidio Trust prefers traditional dredging.

The cleanup would cost about $9.5 million, with the bulk of the money coming from the California Department of Transportation. Work is expected to get underway next spring or summer.

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