FOECLA Welcomes New Board Members

Four people joined our board of directors this fall! On October 8, we gathered to thank our two outgoing directors and welcome our new directors. Outgoing board members Barbara Possin and Thom Storm each received an Aldo Leopold bench handcrafted by board member Marty Olson and signed by board members. Photo (L to R): Denny […]

First Healthy Lakes Projects Completed

This month we mailed our first reimbursement checks to property owners who are participating in the WDNR’s Healthy Lakes & Rivers grant program with us, and we’re enjoying this more than we can say! Reimbursements so far are for a shoreline 350-square-foot native planting ($1,000), an upland water diversion ($445), and a rain garden ($962). […]

Welcome to Our New LEEP Coordinator!

We are pleased to welcome Parker Arntsen-Beaudin as our new Lake Ecology Education Program (LEEP) Coordinator! Parker lives in Hayward and brings an enthusiasm for environmental stewardship that will be invaluable to LEEP. Her organizational and communication skills will help keep us moving forward, especially this year as we take on the excitement of teaching […]

FOECLA Awarded 2021 DNR Healthy Lakes & Rivers Grant

Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes Area (FOECLA) has been awarded a 2021 Healthy Lakes & Rivers (https://healthylakeswi.com/) grant from the Wisconsin DNR. The purpose of this grant program is “to protect and restore the health of our lakes and rivers by increasing property owner participation in habitat restoration and runoff and erosion control projects.” […]

Now Hiring – LEEP Coordinator

We are hiring! Join our team and help students learn to be life-long lake stewards! Email us at eauclairefriends@gmail.com for more information and to apply.

A Day on the Water with the BAISS Boat Crew

The Town of Barnes BAISS boat crew harvested curly-leaf pondweed (CLP) on June 23 as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of this aquatic invasive. Two divers joined the boat operator for six hours on Upper Eau Claire Lake. In addition to “bagging” a lot of CLP, the crew noted the presence […]

South Shore Road Bridge Replacement

A video describing the South Shore Road bridge replacement scheduled for Summer 2022 is available on the Town of Barnes website. In the video, Cooper Engineering Project Manager Jacob Friberg describes the project in detail. Originally built in 1938, the bridge roadway over the Middle Eau Claire Lake dam and lock will be slightly widened […]

White Hummingbird Visits Sweet Lake

White Hummingbird 8/26/20 (Credit: Thom Storm) A white hummingbird was seen on Sweet Lake on August 26. While it moved too quickly to get a good look at it, it’s more likely it was a leucistic hummingbird than a true albino. True albinos have pink eyes, while leucistic hummingbirds have black eyes, bills and feet. […]

Watch Videos from the 2020 NW Wisconsin Lakes Conference

The 2020 NW Wisconsin Lakes Conference was hosted online via Zoom on June 19, 2020. A wide range of topics were covered, from climate change impacts on our lakes to water policy to turtles to a story of lake mangement (brochure here). To watch videos of the presentations, click on this link. Enjoy!

Playful River Otters in Upper Eau Claire Lake

A friend sent in this photo from a video he made of 4 river otters playing in Upper Eau Claire Lake one recent morning. He said he hadn’t seen river otters for a long time and it was fun to see them swimming past his pier. In Wisconsin, river otters are generally found in the […]