Lake to drop Again for Dam Work

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to let you know the water level of the lake will start slowly dropping again. If weather permits, repairs on the spillway could begin as soon as Tuesday. It shouldn’t take more than a few days if it stays dry enough to pour concrete.


Engineers Check Spillway

Email Update:

Hello Again,

I just wanted to let you know the engineers checked out the spillway today and reviewed the drawings of the original structure built in 1963 and the updates made in 1972.

The 1972 fix has lasted for 43 years but a little bit of water is getting around it on the far side, up by the North Shore boat ramp. Hurst-Rosche Engineering, the firm that inspects the dam each year for the State, will make a recommendation on the best way to deal with the water.

Mike Watts is expecting to have to keep the lake down 18-24 inches for several days while the repairs are being made. At this point he does not known when the work will start.

Thank you for your patience,

Cahokia Creek Watershed Open House Invitation

You are warmly invited to two Open House events that will explore and explain the Cahokia Creek Watershed Planning process being undertaken by Madison County Planning and Development, HeartLands Conservancy, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

When and where

Open House #1:

Tuesday October 20, 6-8pm at Moro Township Office
7458 N State Route 159
Moro, IL 62067

Open House #2:

Wednesday October 21, 6-8pm at Metro East Park and Recreation District
104 United Dr
Collinsville, IL 62234


Where’s the Cahokia Creek watershed? Watershed planning is being done for two large watersheds that feed into Cahokia Creek. The watershed areas extend from Dorchester in Macoupin County, through Edwardsville and Maryville, and on down to Caseyville in St. Clair County. See the attached map.

What’s the watershed planning process all about? Water quality and flooding are the two main issues to be assessed. The watershed plan, which is likely to be complete approximately 2 years from now, will identify strategies to address these issues. Best Management Practices for flood damage prevention and stormwater management will be presented, along with costs, considerations, and potential sources of funding.

Why should I come to an Open House? Come along to learn more about your watershed: which waters are polluted, which way the streams flow, and possible Best Management Practices that can help improve water quality and flooding issues. Also, inform the planning team about flooding that has affected you, by taking the Community Flood Survey and highlighting locations on our large watershed maps.

See the attached flyer and the project web page for more information. Hope to see you there!

Kevin Jemison

Madison County

Neighborhood Bonfire Oct. 17

fire-hiThe annual Dunlap Lake Bonfire and Hot Dog Roast is at 7 pm this Saturday, October 17th at 840 East Lake Drive. For the first time, the event will feature a large bonfire perfect for warming up on a cool fall evening.

The Association will provide hot dogs, s’mores, plates and utensils  along with a small fire pit for safely roasting them. Everyone is asked to please bring lawn chairs and a favorite side dish or dessert to share. A bathroom is available in the Fogle house and tables and extension cords will be available on the porch for crock-pots and warm drinks.

You are welcome to bring family, friends and neighbors, but please email  to let us know how many people will be eating with us.

September Board Meeting Summary

The Board of Directors of the Dunlap Lake Property Owners Association met Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 at 840 East Lake Drive. Highlights not already included in this newsletter:
  • Grass carp are being ordered along with stripers and channel catfish for this fall’s fish stock
  • Phosphates from lawn chemical are a problem for both the fish and the plant life in the lake. Fish and Wildlife chair Walt Heck asked people to reconsider their use of lawn chemicals.
  • City and Village sent letters to property owners not paying assessments last month. They have prepared liens to file against any property
  • Michael Watts, dam maintenance chair, will be overseeing the sealing of some cracks and any other concrete work needed on the spillway before winter.
  • 7 building permits were submitted in Sept.

Know Your Neighbor

Catherine Keck

How long have you lived in Dunlap Lake? We moved to Dunlap lake last Oct.

Hobbies, sports or anything that brings joy and contentment to life? I have always enjoyed walking and jogging outdoors and now living on the lake, I absolutely love my jogs! The scenery is so peaceful and beautiful! Our family also adores the beach and Michael and I enjoy our Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Is there something you want people to know? My husband and I started an international community development 501(c)3 organization in 2007 called Project Restore. Project Restore primarily works in Africa on sustainability projects for schools, health clinics and communities. We are all volunteers and have no paid staff, this allows every dollar that is raised to be directly applied to a program. We have done some pretty amazing work ranging from drilling clean water wells and distributing mosquito nets to building libraries and computer labs.

Project Restore is holding a Community Costume Dog Parade event for Dunlap Lake residents on October 17th at Joe Glik Park starting at 10:00 am. It is a free event, but a donation of $20 is suggested. 100% of the proceeds will go to Project Restore to support and continue their life saving projects. More information on this can be found on the website

What’s your favorite thing about living here? I love how beautiful the lake is during the day and especially at night, but my favorite thing about living here is the people. I have never met so many fun, kind, loving, supportive and generous people as those who live here on Dunlap.

What’s something about you that people may not know? I grew up in Ohio and came from a family of 7 children, I love to cook and I am a huge and avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan!

Who would play you in a movie about your life? I think if I had to pick an actress, I believe I relate a lot to Sandra Bullock.

If you could have dinner with any two people (living or dead), who would they be? I would love to have dinner with Benny Hill. I think that would be an absolute hoot and I wouldn’t be able to stop laughing.

Family? For the past 20 years I have been married to a man I completely love and adore, Michael Keck. Together we have two children: Patrick who is 18 and Katie who is 14. We also have two adorable pooches, Duke and Ginger.

Best memory of the lake so far? A group of neighbors try to meet on the lake every Sunday. We spend a couple hours together talking, laughing, sunning and swimming. We look forward to that boat time all week and we have made some very sweet and wonderful memories.