Randy Stowe, lakemanager@gmail.com

  • The dredging continues.  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 is still indicating that they hope to  complete the rest of the Nippersink Creek inlet work before they shut down for the winter.
  •  There is no set “schedule” for the dredging; at this time of year the weather will be the biggest factor in determining how far they will get this year, and how soon they can resume work in the spring.  As the Dredging Contractor is being paid on a “volume” basis, it is in their best interest to be as productive as possible.
  •  The Dredging Contractor has indicated that there were some lake users who were apparently competing for the local Darwin awards, by boating right up to the dredge or by kayaking over the cutter-head.  Once 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.
  • There will be an “Open House” at the Wonder Lake Sediment Drying Facility (SDF) site on Greenwood Road, on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 from 9 am until noon.  Thanks to those of you who have volunteered to help out, but we can still use more volunteers.
  • The annual dam inspection of the Wonder Lake Dam is scheduled for this Friday.  In addition, as part of the regulatory permit requirements, the SDF earthen embankment will also be subject to a dam inspection.  Both inspections will result in reports generated by the P.E. doing the inspection, who then forwards them to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources – Office of Water Resources.
  • Additional warning signs are being installed near the Wonder Lake Dam.  Two “Danger – Dam – Keep Away” signs and three “Restricted Area – Danger” signs will be posted at the spillway, and six “No Trespassing – Violators Will Be Prosecuted” signs will be posted on the chain link fence below the dam.
  • With the approaching Fall season comes yard work and leaf raking.  The Wonder Lake community is investing more than $6 million in Lake Restoration.  If yard waste ends up in the lake, the result will be additional accumulations of organic material and nutrients; both which degrade water clarity. Whether you do your own yard work or hire landscape services, please be aware that raking yard waste and leaf litter into the lake is not an acceptable practice. Similarly, those folks who have property which contains a tributary stream to Wonder Lake should also avoid raking yard waste and leaf litter into their stream, as it will eventually end up in the lake.

The application period for the Lake Restoration SSA# 9 Financial Assistance Program ends on October 10, 2014.  Rebate Applications Are By Appointment Only. Contact Donna Schaeffer, McHenry Township Office, 37045 N. Richmond Rd., Johnsburg (815) 385-5605