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Bayne, D., W. Seesock and C. Webber

Date: 1987

Funding Agency: Alabama Department of Environmental Management

Keywords: limnology, water quality, lewis smith, reservoir

Category: Domestic Funded Research Report

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Lewis Smith Lake (8,580 ha), an impoundment of the Sipsey Fork of the
Black Warrior River near Jasper, Alabama, was filled in 1961. Activities
on the watershed of this lake have the potential to adversely impact the
quality of this aquatic environment. Those activities include coal strip
mining, forestry, agricultural operations and lakeshore residential
development. A perceived decline in water quality of the lake on the part
of concerned citizens led to a special appropriation by the Alabama
Legislature to address this matter. Auburn University’s Department of
Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures working through a Cooperative Agreement
with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management conducted a study
of Lewis Smith Lake during 1986. The objectives of this study were to
characterize the current water quality and biological condition of the lake
and, to the extent possible, identify lake areas that showed any impact
resulting from watershed activities.

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