Lake Manager’s Report – June 2018
Randy Stowe, firstname.lastname@example.org
1. The MPOA dredging contractor continues to work in South Bay. At last report, the dredging company is hoping to have the “deep habitat” area in South Bay completed by the start of next week. They will then complete any remaining portions of South Bay that have not yet been dredged, or that require any remedial work, based upon the findings of the hydrographic surveyor.
2. Any remaining work to be done at O’Brien Shoals will only be attempted if we have enough rainfall to raise the lake level enough to provide sufficient draft for the dredge across existing lakebed shoals of un-dredgeable materials.
3. At this point, it is anticipated that prior to the June 30th fireworks display and following 4th of July holiday, the dredge, booster pump, and much of the sediment pipeline will be back in West Bay, greatly reducing lake user conflict issues. Prior to the June 30th fireworks, the MPOA will post an updated diagram of the APPROXIMATE location of the dredging equipment / pipeline on the MPOA website, and will send an email to everyone on the MPOA email list advising them that the diagram has been posted.
4. As of May 11th, 2018, approximately 80% of the 529,378 cubic yards of sediment under contract to be dredged from Wonder Lake has been completed.
5. The MPOA has received a number of comments from lake users regarding dredging issues, primarily involving instances when the sediment pipeline comes close to their shoreline area, limiting or preventing boat access. Obviously, this is a valid concern, but the only way the MPOA finds out about these issues is for folks to contact the MPOA. As soon as the MPOA receives information on pipeline issues, that information is passed onto the MPOA dredging consultant and the dredging contractor, so that the appropriate action can be taken.
6. The MPOA also continues to receive comments on the marking of the sediment pipeline, and problem’s lake users have in seeing the pipeline. It is important that lake users realize that as the dredge operates, the sediment pipeline may rise or sink, or “snake” horizontally across the water surface, particularly south of the designated pipeline crossing. For these reasons, we continue to encourage lake user’s to completely avoid the overall vicinity of the dredging / dredge pipeline. If you are a Highland Shores or Sunrise Ridge lake user, and must pass through this area to reach other areas of the lake, please use extreme caution.
7. On Saturday, June 16th, 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.