Lake Restoration Q & A
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued their permit for lake dredging. Engineering plans and permit applications have been submitted to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Office of Water Resources.
The MPOA has received bids, and approved a contract to stabilize O'Brien Shoals and Wickline Island this summer. In addition, supplemental rip-rap will be placed on the upstream face of the Wonder Lake dam, to prevent future erosion.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Notice Comment Period for the Lake Restoration project has expired, and they have provided the MPOA with copies of written comments received from the public that required a "technical" clarification", or that were needed to address "negative" comments". Many "positive" comments supporting lake restoration were also received, but did not require MPOA responses.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Issues The Public Notice for the Lake Restoration Permit
On August 29th, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a Public Notice for the Wonder Lake Restoration Project.
This is the first step under their regulatory program to review, approve, and issue the Section 404 permit to authorize the lake dredging. A thirty day comment period is now open.