Randy Stowe, lakemanager@gmail.com

1.    A site walk-through of the SDF site was conducted on May 14, including the HDR project engineer; the MPOA dredging consultant; and the SDF contractor.  The SDF is coming along well, with the slopes greening up, and the perimeter fencing work underway.  A punchlist is being developed that will identify items the SDF contractor still needs to address to fulfill their contract requirements.
2.    A pre-construction meeting with the dredging contractor was also held on May 14th.  Peter Berinni, the MPOA dredging consultant, went through a list of the various logistical details involved with the mobilization of the dredging equipment and other contractual requirements.
3.    The dredging contractor has indicated that they plan to start moving equipment and pipe into place over the next few weeks, with dredging starting in early-to-mid June, 2014.
4.    The contractor has indicated that they plan to start dredging first along the south side of West Bay and the Nippersink Creek inlet, and spend most of the summer of 2014 finishing up West Bay. 
5.    In fall of 2014, they then plan to work on Wickline Island / O’Brien Shoals, before moving north to dredge the Lookout Point / White Oaks Bay coves.
6.    They will then move down to the South Bay and get as far as they can this fall before the onset of winter.  Any remaining dredging work in the South Bay would be carried over, if necessary, to the spring of 2015 after ice-out.
7.    This schedule means that the only lakefront landowners who may need to temporarily relocate their piers during the 2014 boating season will be the those folks on south side of West Bay and the Nippersink Creek inlet.  All other lakefront areas proposed for dredging will likely have already removed their piers for the year by the time the dredge reaches their area.
8.    As dredging gets underway, the MPOA will be posting information on the MPOA website advising all lake user’s of changing lake conditions, related to dredging operations or other urgent situations. A Notice To Lake User’s has also been prepared and posted to provide some preliminary information on the dredging.
9.    All lake user’s are also encouraged to sign up to receive “Important Lake Update” email notices from the MPOA on updates to the website. If you are not already on the email list, send an email to office@wlmpoa.org asking to be added to the lake notice list.
10.    All lakefront landowners are reminded that any construction work along their shoreline frontage will likely need to acquire approved permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Village of Wonder Lake.
11.    All lake user’s are also reminded that they need to have a 2014 MPOA boat decal permanently affixed to their watercraft, or they will be ticketed by the Marine Patrol.
12.    I continue to receive inquiries from lakefront landowners about potentially applying for the next round of IEPA – Section 319 grants in July 2014 to install “lake-friendly” shoreline stabilization practices on their property in 2015, if a grant is awarded.  The chances for receiving a 319 grant are greatly increased if there are multiple Wonder Lake applicants, so MPOA Director’s are encouraged to spread the word.  Have interested parties contact the MPOA office.