Randy Stowe, lakemanager@gmail.com

1. The MPOA dredging contractor has re-mobilized and continues to work in South Bay. At last report, the dredging company is hoping to have the “near-shore” areas off Wonderview completed by the end of this week, so that Wonderview folks can get their piers installed. The dredge will then continue working in the South Bay until it is complete. The intent is to have the dredging of South Bay, and any remaining dredging that can be done around O’Brien Shoals, completed as soon in the 2018 boating season as possible, after which the remaining dredging will be in West Bay. As a result, the dredging crew may be running longer shifts. As always, the MPOA will post updated information to the MPOA website www.wlmpoa.org as it becomes available.

2. The efforts to discourage Cormorants from roosting on Wonder Lake Islands appear to be working. As discussed in the email that was sent out to those on the MPOA mailing list, an overabundance of Cormorants can have negative impacts on water quality, the vegetation on the islands, and the fishery. No Cormorants are harmed by these efforts.

3. The Wonder Lake Sportsmans Club conducted its annual spring Lake Cleanup on April 15th. The usual assortment of trash was collected by the 19 volunteers. As always, thanks to WLSC for their on-going efforts.

4. On Saturday, May 19th, 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.

5. The Nippersink Watershed Association has recently received a new grant of up to $32,000 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for the on-going Merchant Creek project. Part of the grant requires that up to $ 7,000 in cash also be generated from local donations, and a minimum of 500 hours of volunteer effort be provided. This new grant will allow the work already funded and permitted under the on-going IEPA Section 319 grant to be expanded.