Volunteers kick off 2017 Take Pride in SML campaign

A corps of enthusiastic volunteers kicked off the 2017 Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake campaign with cleanup events in early May. The season-long cleanup initiative started May 6 and runs through Sept. 4.

“Because of all the rain we had in April, debris levels have been particularly high. It was critical for volunteers to step up early in the season, and we’re so thankful they did,” said Lorie Smith, president of the Smith Mountain Lake Association, which organizes the event in conjunction with the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission and the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Collecting debris in the lake and around the shoreline were residents of the Walnut Run and Loggers Run communities, as well as the Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake.


Walnut Run neighborhood volunteers remove debris from Smith Mountain Lake as part of their Take Pride in SML event on May 13. Photo courtesy of Brent Reus.

“Individuals, families, neighbors, subdivisions, organizations and vacationers – anyone who wishes to do their part in keeping Smith Mountain Lake clean – can sign up,” stressed Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Chamber. “It’s easy! Just choose any day that works for you and your crew before Sept. 4 to clean up the lake, shoreline or both.”

Free trash bags, gloves and commemorative T-shirts are provided to all participants, up to 25 in a group while supplies last, said TLAC Executive Director Paula Shoffner. In addition, businesses and larger groups may apply for reimbursement of up to $400 for costs incurred for dumpster and landfill fees for on-the-water group cleanup events, she said.

To register for Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake, click here.

For more information, contact TLAC (540-721-4400) or the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce (540-721-1203).

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