Laguna Lake dredging could be put on hold

The San Luis Obispo City Council on Tuesday will consider a recommendation that the long-controversial dredging of Laguna Lake should be postponed indefinitely or until funding is found.

Dredging the lake could cost between $4 million and $9 million depending on a number of factors, including where the removed sediment is deposited and how much of the lake is dredged.

The project, which has been discussed for the last three decades, has long garnered support from those residents living near the lake, but lacked a consensus from the council.

Mayor Dave Romero has consistently supported the effort, saying that he has wanted to dredge the lake since the 1980s, when he worked as the city’s public works director.

Staff’s suggestion to table the project follows a December 2009 approval by the council of an environmental document that allows the city to move forward with dredging. However, the majority of the council expressed concern about the cost and asked staff to come back with additional alternatives.

The findings that will be presented Tuesday include the difficulty in finding grant funding that will make the project financially feasible.

This is an abridged version of a story that will publish on SanLuisObispo.com and The Tribune on Monday.