Lake Singletary Watershed Association
Dedicated to the Preservation and Protection of Lake Singletary and its Watershed
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Water Drawdown
 
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Advantages / Disadvantages
Impact
Advantages
Disadvantages
Cost
No cost to implement
Reduces cost of weed treatment chemicals
None
Recreational
None
Limits boat ramp / beach access
Maintenance
Prevents property damage from ice and snow.
Allows easy access for repairs of walls, docks, beaches, boat ramps, dams, spillways, etc…
None
Aquatic & Wildlife Species
Low cost alternative for controlling unwanted species.
Negative impact on non targeted species.
Puts strain on species habit.
Eliminates or limits species populations.
Reduces abundance of benthic invertebrates that are essential to fish and waterfowl diets.
Consolidation of fish population into a more centralized area of deep water, making them more susceptible to over harvesting.
Oxygen in remaining pool can be depleted leading to a fish kill.
Environment
Ability to control varied depths
Reduces amount of weed treatment chemicals.
Helps prevent shoreline erosion.
Prevents flooding caused by winter thaw or spring rains.
Lake may not return to its normal level.
Level too low to support Irrigation supplies or shallow wells.
Impacts downstream resources.
Affects adjacent or up-gradient wetlands.