With the early onset of winter, the 2014 dredging season on Wonder Lake has come to an unexpectedly early end. The dredging contractor has spent the last few weeks preparing the dredging equipment for winter, and having it ready to go as soon as lake conditions allow in 2015.
Lake Restoration Q & A
Dredging was completed, and restoration of areas disturbed by the dredging equipment was completed in 2019. View Lake Manager's Reports for more information during the lake restoration process.
As the lake dredging progresses, a number of questions have been raised about the project. As indicated earlier, the dredging contractor chose to begin work in the West Bay, primarily to keep out of the main body of the lake for the 2014 boating season.
Questions have been received from lakefront landowners along the south shore of West Bay, and the Nippersink Creek Inlet, regarding how close the dredging will come to their respective shorelines, and what relocation of in-lake structures (piers, shore stations, etc.) may be needed. The exhibit shows the planned extent of dredging along these shoreline areas.
1. The MPOA dredging contractor:
- has all the dredge equipment on the lake;
- has all of the pipeline has been fused together and placed between the lake and the SDF;
- has the GPS system to track / document dredging installed;
- and is hoping to begin dredging by the middle of next week, subject to the arrival of a part.
2. As previously indicated:
- The MPOA 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.
- 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.
- In late summer / 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.
The MPOA Director's approved the dredging contract by a 54 to 10 margin. Work will start within the next month.
Check back frequently for project updates and info.
The Sediment Drying Facility is at 90% completion, with the final work resuming now that the weather is improving.
The MPOA is pleased to announce that it is working on the final contract details with the selected dredging contractor. Once all the contract paperwork is approved and in place, the MPOA will receive a dredging plan and schedule from the contractor, which will identify where the dredging activity will start, timing, temporary no-wake areas, etc.. We are anticipating that the dredging project will begin in the next month or so.