Lake Manager’s Report – July, 2014
Randy Stowe, firstname.lastname@example.org
1. The SDF contractor has completed all of the remaining punch-list items, barring some final site clean-up, and I am working on closing out their contract over the next month or so.
2. Dredging officially started at 1:30 pm on June 25th.
3. The dredging contractor worked well with the 4th of July committee in coordinating access to the West Bay island for the fireworks program, and maintaining lake access for landowners along the Nippersink Creek inlet and south shore of West Bay. However, lake user’s are strongly advised to avoid the West Bay while the dredge and pipeline are in place. Any watercraft traffic through that area should be at a “no-wake” speed, and should maintain at least a 100’ distance from the dredge and pipeline.
4. As many people noted, Wonder Lake experienced a fish-kill in mid-June that specifically targeted breeder stock Carp. According to the IL Department of Natural Resources - Fisheries Division staff, this naturally occurring condition was most likely caused by the extreme winter; fluctuating water temperatures during carp spawning activities; and the onset of a bacterial infection that negatively impacts on the carp population when this species is in a stressed state. This bacteria is ever-present in lakes and does not impact on other species or humans. On June 20th, I met with a representative of the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) to discuss disposal options that could be utilized by lakefront landowners. The MCDH information was then posted to the MPOA website.
5. Sioux Hasten from Wonderwave has done a great job of updating the MPOA website www.wlmpoa.org to a format that will now allow it to be better accessed by a variety of smart-phones, tablets, etc. While the MPOA will continue to periodically send out newsletters in the mail, the MPOA webpage is the quickest way to get information out to its members.
6. It should be noted that the entire Sediment Drying Facility (SDF) property is posted “No Trespassing”, and that the Wonder Lake Police Department and McHenry County Sheriff have been notified of this condition. However, it is recognized that there is interest in the overall dredging process, so I will be working to organize an “open-house” at the SDF site for MPOA Directors and Subdivision President’s for some time in August. Due to liability issues, this event will not be open to the general public, but we are working on providing photos and videos on the MPOA website to keep all the MPOA members up to date.
7. Now that dredging is underway, my attention can now begin to shift to pursuing a resale market of the dried sediment, in the hope of funding future dredging phases. A number of leads are being generated, indicating that there may be strong interest in our dried sediment in the topsoil industry.