It is an odd sight, a dredging barge on a small pond. The barge was launched at the Conservation and Skills Park pond on the State Fairgrounds late last week. The power dredge will be used to remove up to three feet of silt from the popular fishing pond, leaving it with a maximum depth of approximately 18 feet. The flood of 2011 dumped sediment into the pond, reducing the depth and effecting the health of the fishery. The pond has been closed to fishing since the 2011 flood. Normally it receives regular use throughout the year, with heavy activity during the State Fair. The dredging is part of a renovation and expansion project at the Conservation and Skills Park. Expansion will nearly double the size of the park. Some seeding of grass, which was killed during the 2011 flood, has already taken place. A July 20 opening is planned, the first day of the State Fair.