WONDER LAKE – The dredging of Wonder Lake could start this week, the lake manager said.
The restoration project, which is being handled by the Wonder Lake Master Property Owners Association and is being funded with property tax dollars raised through a special service area, is designed to deepen Wonder Lake by churning up soil at the bottom of the lake and then sucking it up, lake manager Randy Stowe said
The soil and water then will be deposited in the now-complete sediment drying facility, a dug-out basin with a concrete structure to control the flow of water located in the Meadows of West Bay, through pipes that just need to be connected to hydraulic dredge, he said.
The official start date on the long delayed and debated project is up to the contractor, which the association's board of directors hired last year on a $2.7 million contract, Stowe said.
"They know we're anxious, but they want to make sure they've got everything put together right," he said.
Work will take place during daytime working hours, starting in West Bay, and crews will be using a hospital-grade muffler to keep down any noise, Stowe said. Crews are allowed to work 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, though the dredge will not be running continuously that entire time.
A no-wake zone has been established in West Bay where Nippersink Creek enters the lake, a place that is rarely used by boaters, Stowe said, because the sediment is so bad.
The hope is that dredging work will move to other more-trafficked areas of the lake once boating season is over to minimize impact.
Work is scheduled to move to Wickline Island and O’Brien Shoals in late summer or early fall, before moving north to dredge the Lookout Point and White Oaks Bay coves.
The South Bay will be covered last with any remaining dredge work being continued next spring. The areas where the dredge is working will be restricted, according to information posted on the Wonder Lake Master Property Owners Association's website. A minimum of 100 feet must be kept between lake users and dredging equipment and pipelines.
Updates on where work is occurring and other information is available on the association's site. Email notices also can be received by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.