Wisconsin has over 84,000 miles of streams, 15,000 lakes and milllions of acres of wetlands. Assessing the condition of this vast amount of water is challenging. The state's water monitoring program uses a media-based, cross-program approach to analyze water condition. An updated monitoring strategy (2015-2020) is now available. Compliance with Clean Water Act fishable, swimmable standards are located in the Executive Summary of Water Condition in 2018. See also the 'monitoring and projects' tab.
Bayfield County in partnership with ABDI Land & Water Conservation, Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, and Bony Lake property owners will implement a lake restoration project. More than 50% of the property owners (resulting in over a mile of linear shoreline) expressed a commitment to shoreline restoration, and additional lake protection activities, such as storm water best management practices (e.g. rain gardens), littoral habitat restoration (e.g. tree drops), and shoreline restorations exceeding minimum county and state standards will be strongly encouraged.
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards provide qualitative and quantitative goals for waters that are protective of Fishable, Swimmable conditions [Learn more]. Waters that do not meet water quality standards are considered impaired and restoration actions are planned and carried out until the water is once again fishable and swimmable
Management goals can include creation or implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load analysis, a Nine Key Element Plan, or other restoration work, education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below online.
Monitoring the condition of a river, stream, or lake includes gathering physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data. Comprehensive studies often gather all these parameters in great detail, while lighter assessment events will involve sampling physical, chemical and biological data such as macroinvertebrates. Aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish communities integrate watershed or catchment condition, providing great insight into overall ecosystem health. Chemical and habitat parameters tell researchers more about human induced problems including contaminated runoff, point source dischargers, or habitat issues that foster or limit the potential of aquatic communities to thrive in a given area. Wisconsin's Water Monitoring Strategy was recenty updated.
Grants and Management Projects
|Project Name (Click for Details)||Year Started|
|BARNES/EAU CLAIRE LAKES AREA PROPERTY OWNERS: ECO Education/Pontoon Classroom||2010|
|BARNES/EAU CLAIRE LAKES AREA PROPERTY OWNERS: HLR - Eau Claire Lakes Area Healthy Lakes & Rivers||2021|
|BAYFIELD COUNTY: RES-Bony Lakewide Restoration & Conservation Project||2007|
|TOWN OF BARNES: Town of Barnes 2015 Clean Boats Clean Waters Project||2015|
|TOWN OF BARNES: Aquatic Species Established Population Control||2021|
|TOWN OF BARNES: Barnes Area Lakes, Eau Claire Chain of Lakes Education, Prevention & Containment 2011-2013 Project||2010|
|TOWN OF BARNES: Eau Claire Lakes-Barnes Area AIS Education, Prevention, & Planning Project 2007-2008||2007|
|TOWN OF BARNES: Town of Barnes 2016 Clean Boats Clean Waters||2016|
|TOWN OF BARNES: Barnes 2017 Upper, Middle, Lower Eau Clarie, Robinson, Island/Tomahawk Lks CBCW||2017|
|TOWN OF BARNES: Town of Barnes 2020 CBCW||2020|
|TOWN OF BARNES: Upper, Middle and Lower Eau Claire, Robinson and Island Clean Boats Clean Waters Project 2014||2013|
|BARNES/EAU CLAIRE LAKES AREA PROPERTY OWNERS: Dissolved Oxygen Monitoring on the Barnes Area/Eau Claire Chain of Lakes||2008|
|BARNES/EAU CLAIRE LAKES AREA PROPERTY OWNERS: Lake Eco Education Program||2013|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2742400||Unnamed||10042887||Middle Eau Claire & Bony Lakes Thoroughfare Hwy 27||9/13/2014||9/10/2016||Map||Data|
Unnamed is located in the Upper St. Croix and Eau Claire Rivers watershed which is 277.89 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (83.90%), wetland (9.50%) and a mix of open (4.30%) and other uses (2.40%). This watershed has 153.93 stream miles, 7,654.41 lake acres and 13,694.48 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.