7 groups help kick off Take Pride in SML

Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake marked a successful kickoff with seven businesses and community groups holding cleanup events in the first two weeks.

Collecting debris in the lake and around the shoreline were volunteers from the Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center and Crazy Horse Marina.

In addition, residents in a number of neighborhoods took part, including Beechwood West, Lynville on the Lake, Walnut Run and Riverbay. A group of friends headed by lake resident Richard Day also participated.


Volunteers unload debris from a pontoon collected from Smith Mountain Lake on May 14 near Walnut Run. Approximately 35 friends and neighbors took part in the Take Pride in SML cleanup event. Photo courtesy of Brent Reus.

“We’re so excited about the response we’ve already had to Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake,” said Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Volunteers have been so enthusiastic about the change from just one day to a season-long initiative and have already collected tons of debris to help keep SML looking its best.”

Registration is still open!

Crazy Horse 2016

Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake volunteers deliver debris, including a number of old tires, to a drop-off point at Crazy Horse Marina. Photo courtesy of Chris Bechtler.

Registration continues through June 30 for the community-wide lake cleanup effort. Individuals, families, neighbors, subdivisions, organizations and vacationers who wish to participate may choose any day between May 7 and Sept. 5 to clean up the lake, shoreline or both.

Trash bags and gloves will be provided along with a trash collection report form. Each participant (up to 25 in a group) will receive a commemorative T-shirt (while supplies last) following their cleanup event.

Download a signup form now!

Got questions about our dumpster / landfill reimbursement program? 

Businesses, including marinas, and larger groups may apply for reimbursement for costs incurred for dumpster and landfill fees for on-the-water group cleanup events. More details on the reimbursement program are available here.

All forms are available on our downloads page.

Join the fun on social media

We want to see your SML cleanup efforts! Please post photos on Facebook and Twitter and share to our accounts.

Facebook: Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake

Twitter: @TakePrideSML

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #TakePrideSML!

Have photos to share now? We’d love to see them! Please email them to takepridesml@gmail.com

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