Randy Stowe, lakemanager@gmail.com

1. The MPOA dredging contractor continues to work in West Bay. At the present rate of production, the MPOA dredging contractor has estimated that the entire dredging project should be completed by late Fall of 2018. It is anticipated that the final dredging activities will occur along the south shore of West Bay, likely in late September or early October, 2018. This should allow time for those landowners to remove their piers to allow unobstructed dredging access.

2. Due to the movements in the dredging pipeline as dredging goes on, all lake user’s should avoid West Bay, and adjacent areas of the main lake. Sunrise Ridge landowners wishing to access the lake should get the attention of the dredge crew, who will make any necessary movements to allow passage.

3. As of July 15th, 2018, approximately 88% of the 529,378 cubic yards of sediment under contract to be dredged from Wonder Lake has been completed.

4. The dredging contractor has begun removing excess sediment pipeline, used to reach the far end of South Bay, from the lake. There are still lengths of sediment pipeline secured to the west shore of South Bay.

5. Fourteen show ski clubs, including the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team, will be competing in this year's National tournament in Rockford, which will be available for viewing via a live webcast at: http://www.facebook.com/USAWaterSki Wonder Lake will perform approximately 9am, Sunday, August 12th.

6. Wonder Lake has thankfully had an incident-free summer so far, and hopefully that trend will continue well into the future. However, as the news article indicates, accidents can still happen on area waterways. As lake use on Wonder Lake is largely governed by Illinois Department of Natural Resources regulations, it may be useful to periodically review information related to those regulations. Information can be downloaded at: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/boating/Documents/BoatDigest.pdf

7. On Saturday, August 18th, the Nippersink Watershed Association will conduct another workday, clearing invasive brush from a portion of the Merchant Creek stream corridor. This volunteer work is being done in advance of an upcoming IEPA Section 319 funded stream stabilization project to help minimize the significant amounts of sediment that this parcel has delivered to Wonder Lake over the past decades. Meet at 8 am on the north side of Wooded Shores Drive at Pleasant Drive. As always, volunteers are welcome.