Does PWD control the level of water in Sebago Lake?
No. The dam that controls the level of Sebago Lake is owned by SAPPI (formerly SD Warren) in Westbrook. SAPPI is required to manage lake level according to a compromise plan, developed in the 1990s by individuals, groups, and state agencies who had differing points of view about the best plan for managing the level of the lake. The compromise plan has target levels for certain weeks of the year. Drought years are built into the compromise plan. Two of every nine years are supposed to be managed for low water conditions – and during those years the level in the winter is several feet lower than in typical years.