Lake Singletary Watershed Association
Dedicated to the Preservation and Protection of Lake Singletary and its Watershed
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Water Drawdown
       What is Water Drawdown?
       Why is it Important?
Controlling the depth of a lake or pond is very important to its surrounding environment for many reasons, good or bad.  For example, too high of a level could cause flooding, unwanted shoreline erosion, and property damage to beaches, boat ramps, walls, docks, etc… while too low of a level could negatively impact aquatic and wildlife species, or dry up private wells. 
Lake Singletary Watershed Association follows a detailed Water Drawdown plan specifically designed to meet the association’s goals and objectives as documented in the “Singletary Lake Management Plan” as well as meeting Town (Order of Conditions), State, and Government requirements.  Since Lake Singletary’s Management Plan was conducted in 1995, this section will provide the most current information on any changes to the original plan.  LSWA is also in the process of updating it’s original plan to include any changes since 1995, and rest assured, there have been some new developments.

What is Water Drawdown?
Water Drawdown is a controlled process that focuses on lowering the depth of a lake or pond.  This process is typically performed in the fall in preparation for the winter thaw and spring rains, which tend to bring water levels higher, and ideally, back to the lake’s normal level.

Why is it Important? 
Water drawdown is important for many reasons, and there are many advantages and disadvantages, each one having an adverse affect on the other.  Finding a happy balance between them plays an important role in the longevity of your lake’s survival, but this is not an easy task. 
So why is drawdown important for Lake Singletary?  Through careful research LSWA has determined that the #1 reason for drawdown is to reduce or eliminate unwanted exotic species (weeds) by exposing them to the harsh winter freeze, thus reducing the cost & amount of weed treatment chemicals.
Other reasons include:
  • Control Unwanted Exotic Species
  • Reduce Cost & Amount of Weed Treatment Chemicals
  • Help Prevent Erosion and Property Damage
  • Provide Easy Access for Maintenance/Repairs