The Chequamegon Bay Area Partnership (CBAP) is a coalition of agencies, governments, organizations, and institutions in the Chequamegon Bay that aspire to improve the ecological, economic, and social fabric of the Chequamegon Bay area of Lake Superior through a collaborative natural resource decision-making and implementation team.
The CBAP formed in 2009 in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), believing that a team effort could improve the breadth and effectiveness of natural resources management efforts in the Chequamegon Bay area.
The CBAP had brought in more than $1 million in GLRI funding for projects ranging from restoring native fish habitat through barrier removals and culvert replacements, to reducing sediment and nutrient pollution by implementing conservation practices with private landowners, to keeping area beaches clean and safe for recreation.
- Ashland County Land and Water Conservation
- Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa
- Bad River Watershed Association
- Bayfield Regional Conservancy
- Bayfield County
- City of Ashland
- City of Bayfield
- Iron County Land and Water Conservation
- Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area
- Red Cliff Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Forest Service
The Chequamegon Bay Area Partnership identified sediment as the number one pollutant affecting Fish Creek and Chequamegon Bay. Over the course of year Fish Creek delivers more than 1,000 dump truck loads of sediment to Chequamegon Bay—and most of the sediment reaches Chequamegon Bay over a handful of days when it rains or during snowmelt, according to researchers.
The Fish Creek Partnership seeks to help landowners brainstorm and implement solutions to sediment issues—like encouraging rain barrels, tree plantings and rain gardens to slow the flow of roof runoff, installing wetland ponds and creating buffers—and assists them in finding funding and expertise for these “slow the flow” projects.