Town of Barnes
Eau Claire Lakes
Lakewide Restoration Program
During the summer of 2006, Bony Lake property owners began meeting to discuss
“what might be done” to save our lake from the increasing stresses on water
quality due to erosion and the decline of natural shoreline.
Partnering in these discussion were Butch Lobermeier, Bayfield County
Conservationist, Land & Water Conservation Department, Pamela and Scott
Toshner, Wisconsin DNR and Mike Gardner & Stacy Schaefer,
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College
in Ashland, WI.
Working with these partners, we wrote a successful DNR Lake Protection
~ Shoreland Restoration Grant that will provide $100,000 over 3 years,
with an additional $45,000 in cash & in-kind matching funds, to accomplish
a number of very important goals.
While shoreline restorations have historically been implemented on an
individual parcel scale, the concept of lakewide, or whole-lake,
restoration work is relatively new. With 50% of the riparian owners
indicating their interest in being involved, the Bony Lake project will
be the largest undertaken on a single lake in Wisconsin.
The image here highlights the properties where project work has begun.
See the Restoration Projects section on the left for more details.
A number of notable activities have already been completed, the most
significant is the addition of tree complexes along over 1000’ of shoreline
from October of 2007 through March 2008.
The following pages and links contain information related to the entire
project and specific sections by property owner name.
Water Quality Monitoring
Improving Near-shore Habitat Oct 2007
Improving Near-shore Habitat Feb/Mar 2008
Bayfield County Land & Water - Butch Lobermeier
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
Wisconsin DNR Contact - Pamela Toshner
Wisconsin DNR Contact - Scott Toshner
Bony Lake Success Story
Project Documents & Resources
Bony Lake Grant
Bony Lake Near Shore Habitat Map April 2009
Bony Lake Near Shore Habitat Map April 2008
Bony Lake Plants
Bony Lake Vegetation Map
DNR Press Release Feb 2008
Intent Participation Form
Lake Stewardship Resources
Moving Beyond Fish Cribs - Butch Lobermeier
St. Croix Riverfest & Eau Claire Lakes - Lee Weisner
St. Croix Riverfest
Upper St. Croix Watershed Alliance