Martin Recreation Boat Density

Project Name: Martin Dam Project

Summary: Recreation resource assessment of 41,500 acre Lake Martin

Client: Alabama Power Company

Project Location: Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa Counties, AL

Project Size: 41,500 acre lake with > 880 miles of Shoreline

Services Provided:

•  Recreation Assessment

Project Timeframe: 2007 - 2008

Relationship with Client: Since 1999

Client Needs:
The Martin Dam Project, owned and operated by Alabama Power Company (Alabama Power), required an assessment of the project’s recreation resources for the federal relicensing efforts and FERC’s Licensed Hydropower Development Recreation Report (FERC Form 80).
Kleinschmidt Solution:
Kleinschmidt designed the assessment to characterize recreational use of public recreation sites on Lake Martin, estimate potential future recreational use, and estimate boating use on the Lake for use in future recreational planning. Kleinschmidt identified and inventoried public and private access points to document existing services and facilities, and assessed the general condition and capacity of each site. In consultation with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), Kleinschmidt monitored a sample of 14 recreation sites, including remote sites, and used the results to estimate type, volume, and daily patterns of use for Lake Martin. Estimates of future use were developed using regional recreation participation indices, and were examined in comparison to existing access to learn about needs for accommodating future use.
Client Benefits:
Alabama Power was able to use the information from this study to develop the Pre-Application Document and to complete the FERC Form 80, which is due to FERC every six years.