There’s still time to Take Pride in SML!

Smith Mountain Lake residents and visitors can still take part in Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake, a summer-long initiative to help keep the lake and shoreline clean.

Download the one-page registration form as a PDF here.

Vicki Gardner displays a Take Pride in SML t-shirt

Vicki Gardner holds up a sample of the t-shirts that are distributed for free to anyone who participates in Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake. Gardner is Executive Director of the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the annual lake cleanup event in conjunction with the Smith Mountain Lake Association and the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission. Residents and visitors may still sign up to participate in Take Pride in SML, which continues through Sept. 4.

“We’d love for groups, families and neighborhoods to make one last push through the Labor Day weekend,” said Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We still have free gloves, trash bags and t-shirts available for anyone who signs up before Sept. 1.”

Gardner stressed that participants may pick any day prior to Labor Day to clean up the lake, shoreline or both.

“It can be as informal as having your family dedicate an hour to picking up any trash or debris they see along the shore,” Gardner said. “It’s really about all of us who enjoy Smith Mountain Lake working together to help keep it clean and healthy.”

Take Pride in SML organizers compile statistics each year on how much debris is collected, which is why participants are asked to register in advance.

Download the one-page registration form as a PDF here.

You may also call or stop by the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission office, which is located on the upper level of The Plaza, 400 Scruggs Road, Suite 200, Moneta.

Thank you for helping keep Smith Mountain Lake clean and healthy!

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