Lake Management Plan

Sand Dam Reservoir Association commissioned the ESS Group to construct a Lake Management Plan for Smith and Sayles Reservoir.  The report was released on February 5, 2010. 

The report offers many insights into the lake and its ecosystem. 

According to the Lake Management Plan, management goals for Smith and Sayles Reservoir should include the following:

1. Protect water quality in the lake
2. Reduce the impairment caused by nuisance and exotic plant growth
3. Ensure lake conditions support valued recreational uses including swimming, boating and fishing
4. Improve aquatic habitat, including fish habitat
5. Maintain and restore habitat for migratory waterfowl, wading birds, reptiles and amphibians
within the lake and within hydrologically connected wetlands and waterways

If you'd like to refer to specific sections of the Lake Management plan, here they are:

4.3.1.1 Behavioral Modifications – Recommended
4.3.1.2 Low Impact Development and Stormwater Management Improvements –
Recommended
4.3.1.3 Maintenance and Upgrade of On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems –
Recommended
4.3.1.4 Wildlife Control – Recommended
4.3.2 Recommended Management Options for Weed Management or Water Quality
Improvement – In-lake Level
4.3.2.1 Bottom Sealing – Recommended on Limited Basis
4.3.2.2 Chemical Treatment (Herbicides) – Recommended
4.3.2.3 Macrophyte Harvesting – Recommended
4.3.2.4 Water Level Control (Drawdown) – Recommended
5.0 MONITORING PROGRAM

The Lake Management Plan says that it should also be noted that herbicide treatment alone would not provide for long term, sustainable control of nuisance aquatic plant growth. However, when integrated with other
management strategies as part of a comprehensive plan which includes watershed and in-lake
level approaches, herbicides can play a valuable role in managing nuisance growth.