High Water & Shoreline Erosion

In recent years, the Eau Claire Lakes Area has experienced  powerful storms that produced a lot of rain in short periods of time.  As a result, our lake levels have risen quickly before receding slowly.  High water levels make our shorelines more vulnerable to erosion, either from normal wave action or manmade turbulence.  Erosion in turn can negatively impact shoreline habitats and overall lake water quality.

While there isn’t much we can do to prevent the storms, our board of directors is looking at ways we can work cooperatively with others to lessen the damage during times of high water levels.  Members have told us this is of great concern to them.  One resource we are using is the WDNR’s “A Guideline for Creating Local Boating Ordinances and Placing Waterway Markers in Wisconsin Waters.”  It is our hope that local town boards will support ordinances that trigger emergency slow, no wake restrictions during times of high water levels.

Andy Teal, Bayfield Co. Land & Conservation Dept., presented at our 2020 annual meeting on ways landowners can mitigate shoreline damage. Click on the image above for a PDF file of his presentation.

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