Randy Stowe, lakemanager@gmail.com

  • The dredging continues.  As expected, while working on the Nippersink Creek inlet, the contractor is encountering a large volume of rock, as this is the first material that settles out and accumulates after being washed into the lake by the Nippersink.  While the dredge can pass rocks up to “baseball” size, some odd shaped rocks got past the screen and bent a part on the booster pump, causing about a one-week delay while a replacement part was obtained and installed.
  • The contractor has completed most of the dredging along the south shore of West Bay.  The most accurate way for those landowners to determine when they can put their piers back in is to communicate with the marinas, as Tom and Scott are in regular contact with the dredge operator, and have the most up-to-date information.
  • The dredging contractor has also opened up a channel to the Nippersink Creek inlet, so that once they reposition the dredge to begin working on other parts of the West Bay, it will open up passage for to the Nippersink Creek folks for the rest of the boating season.
  • As the dredging of the Nippersink inlet is the slowest and most challenging part of the overall dredging project, as well as being hardest on the equipment, the dredging contractor will complete the rest of the Nippersink Creek inlet work before they shut down for the winter.
  • The MPOA realizes that the dredging operations are causing some short-term inconveniences for lake users in the West Bay, and thank them for their on-going cooperation.  Again, lake users 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.
  • Based upon input from the community, it is now planned to open the proposed “open house” at the Sediment Drying facility to MPOA members and adjoining neighbors.   I am looking at a tentative date in mid-to-late September on a Saturday morning.
  • On August 8th, 2014, a number of MPOA representatives attended a tour of the Fox Waterway Agency dredging and soil resale operation.  The FWA handles the processing and sale of their dried sediment in-house, using agency staff and equipment.  Last year the FWA sold approximately 17,000 cubic yards of dried sediment, by semi-truck loads.
  • Another round of Section 319 grant applications were submitted to the IEPA by the Nippersink Watershed Association.  If selected for funding, a number of shoreline stabilization practices will be installed on Wonder Lake and on a portion of one of the smaller Wonder Lake stream tributaries (Troy Creek), as well as on an upstream segment of Nippersink Creek near Route 47.  All of these projects will continue to help preserve and enhance the water quality of Wonder Lake, at no cost to the MPOA.