Measuring Silt

Did you notice someone out in the rain with a remote controlled boat on Wednesday, July 8? Engineers were testing for the depth of silt in some of the areas checked in 2005. Finding how much silt needs to be removed from the lake is the next step in developing a silt removal plan.

Shoreline Improvements Visible

During June shoreline improvements were made along the boat ramp. Greenside Lawn and Landscape brought in an excavator and tore out the old railroad tie wall, filled in a major sink hole, smoothed up the shore and covered it with shoreline grade fabric and riprap. Work was also started at E5.
Fabricators are working on a new catwalk and ladder for the drainage silo. That will be added now and then painted when the lake is lowered again in the fall of 2016. As soon as weather permits, additional riprap will be added to the dam to protect it from high water.

 

Safety Committee Conducts Fish Testing

In a recent test of three large-mouth bass from Dunlap Lake, elevated levels of mercury were found in the two largest fish (3 & 5 lbs). We are continuing to gather information and consulting with urban lake experts. We recommend anglers catch and release or follow the the Illinois Department of Public Health fish advisories which can be found at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/factsheets/fishadv.htm.

 

Catch the Fireworks!

 
Fireworks Tonight

  9:20 pm Friday, July 3, 2015 at the dam

Make safety a priority. DO NOT go out on a boat, especially a kayaks and small watercraft, WITHOUT APPROVED LIGHTS. Even with lights, canoers and kayakers should wear reflective gear and glow necklaces or other items to make them more visible. If you don’t have lights go buy them now.
There will be a lot of traffic. Remember to choose a designated driver and always go counterclockwise around the lake.  Do not swim after dark. 

See more safety tips at:
www.dunlaplake.org/wordpress/boating-information/

Thanks to Everyone for Their Help in Cleaning Up

Thanks to everyone who came out for the pre-fireworks dam clean up!! With close to 20 people working we got it done in less than 2 hours!
If you would like to be part of clean up on a specific commons area or know a college student who would be interested in an internship please email carolyn@dunlaplake.org.

SAFETY FACT OF THE WEEK

Did you know it is illegal in Illinois for any person to ride on the front of a moving pontoon with their feet hanging off the boat? Apparently it was a major cause of boating injuries

FIREWORKS DISPLAY JULY 3

DISPLAY FROM DUNLAP LAKE DAM

Approximately 9:29 p.m., Friday, July 3

(Rain Out Date Sunday, July 5)

(Dam cleanup to prepare Tuesday June 30, at 6:30 pm.)

The 2015 DLPOA fireworks display will be held on Friday, July 3, on the dam beginning at about 9:29 p.m. No one will be allowed on the dam except for those involved in the display. It is important that all boaters stay back at least 500 feet from the dam. This area will be roped off for the protection of spectators at 8 pm. Make sure to watch for and obey this roped off area.

And, with the heavy traffic on the lake, it is very important that all boaters obey boating safety regulations. All boats, especially kayaks and canoes, need to have working running lights; make sure they are in good operating order and that they are turned on; travel in a counterclockwise direction around the lake, etc.

• Boats will not be allowed within 500 feet of the dam. This line will be marked. Do not cross it.

• Only the Fireworks Crew and Fire & Police personnel will be allowed on the dam.

• By Illinois law every watercraft must have appropriate lights to operate between sunset and sunrise. This includes kayaks and inflatables. Operators of these smaller boats should ALSO consider wearing lighted necklaces or other gear that would make them more visible in the heavy traffic.

• Traffic should always move counter-clockwise around the lake.