The map above shows underground water ice on Mars, it's from the article NASA's Treasure Map for Water Ice on Mars.
The blue and purple represent water ice less than 30 centimeters (one foot) below the surface, and the black zones indicate areas where a landing spacecraft would sink into fine dust.
..; the outlined box (on the map) represents the ideal region to send astronauts for them to dig up water ice.
(emphasis added by me)
But (part of) the albedo map of Mars below from MARS Global Data Sets shows that this so-called "ideal region" is rather bright in general.
Therefore it is likely that the surface rocks and sands in the dark regions are less coated by bright dust than those seen at any site visited to date. It has been suggested that Mars dark regions are likely areas of active removal of bright dust by sand saltation or other means [Thomas 1984; Christensen 1988]. Landing sites in dark regions might provide an opportunity to directly sample exposed, dust-free rocks [Edgett et all., 1994].
So it might be that the "ideal region" in the outlined box will be rather dusty, despite not enough "to sink a spacecraft". And Martian dust is poisonous, containing perchlorate, so digging for the water ice would be better done without dust.
So to what extent will the presence of dust in a region with water ice close to the surface, be a reason to look elsewhere for better conditions ?
For example, there are two regions next to each other, one rather dusty with water ice 20 cm below the surface and the other almost free of dust but with water ice 30 cm below its surface.
What will be the choice, and with what reasons ?