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2019 Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake Campaign nets nearly double last year’s total of debris

Community volunteers collected approximately 84,000 pounds (42 tons) of debris as part of Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake cleanup days, according to the final 2019 collection report

According to Lorie Smith, one of the event’s organizers, the amount is nearly double what was collected last year.

“We got an earlier start on planning and increased our marketing efforts, which really help build awareness for how important these annual cleanup days are to the overall health, beauty and safety of our lake,” said Smith, president of the Smith Mountain Lake Association, which organizes the program in collaboration with the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission (TLAC).

“The heavy rainfall we experienced over the winter and spring made this year’s efforts even more essential,” Smith said. “We put the call out for volunteers early and the Smith Mountain Lake community really stepped up.”

According to the report, 326 individuals participated in Take Pride in SML (a 32% increase over 2018). There were 50 registered events throughout May at various locations around the lake, including Crazy Horse Marina, Magnum Point Marina, Hardy Ford Boat Ramp, Westlake Waterfront Inn at Indian Point Marina, the David and Steve Byrd Boat Ramp, and the Pleasure Point Ramp. All volunteers received free gloves, trash bags and a commemorative t-shirt and were invited to a post-event celebration at Mango’s Bar and Grill.

Volunteers celebrate a successful 2019 Take Pride in SML cleanup campaign during a post-event celebration at Mango’s Bar and Grill at Bridgewater Plaza.

Debris collected along approximately 101 miles of shoreline included plastic and glass bottles, beverage cans, plastic bags, tires and food wrappers and containers. Paula Shoffner, TLAC’s Executive Director, said the most unusual items collected this year included dock furniture, a full-sized grill and a mega flamingo blowup float.

Sponsors for 2019’s Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake initiative included American Electric Power, Western Virginia Water Authority, Berkshire Hathaway Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate, Capps Home Building Center, Glenda McDaniel – Long & Foster Real Estate, Turner’s Dock Building, and The Windward Waterfront Lots and Custom Homes.

“Without the support of these businesses, there would be no Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake,” Shoffner said. “We are so incredibly thankful for their long-standing support, as well as the dedication and hard work of the organizing committee and all who participated.”

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Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake announces 2019 cleanup dates

Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake, SML’s annual cleanup initiative, will take place throughout the month of May with organized events scheduled for the first three Saturdays in May from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition, neighborhood groups, businesses, families, civic organizations and others may participate in any of the organized events or, as in the past, plan their own Take Pride cleanup for any date in May.

Pre-registration is required by May 3 for participants to receive free gloves, orange trash bags and commemorative t-shirts, as well as participate in a post-event celebration at Mango’s Bar & Grill on May 22. Register here.

On May 3, Take Pride organizers will be at the SML Business Expo, a free event open to the public from noon to 5 p.m., to sign up registrants and hand out supplies and t-shirts.

Join a group for Take Pride in SML at one of these organized events.

  • May 4: Magnum Point Marina, Crazy Horse Marina, Hardy Ford Boat Ramp
  • May 11: Westlake Waterfront Inn at Indian Point Marina, David and Steve Byrd Boat Ramp (1252 Waterwheel Drive)
  • May 18: Pleasure Point

NOTE: Pre-registration is still required for the organized events to ensure the proper number and size for gloves and t-shirts. Register here.

NEW! Easy online registration

New for 2019 is the ability to sign up completely online using our handy Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake Online Registration Form. You may also stop by the TLAC office (400 Scruggs Road, Suite 200, Moneta) to register. Supplies will be available for pickup there, too.

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From left, Pam Alford, Lori Smith, Vicki Gardner, Andie Gibson and Paula Shoffner, members of the Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake oversight committee, prepare to register volunteers at the 2018 SML Business Expo at the YMCA at LakeWatch Plantation.

Additional dumpsters available for 2019

Dumpsters will be available all three weekends at Crazy Horse Marina and the David and Steve Byrd Boat Dock (near the former Waterwheel Marina) for participants who want to unload debris collected on the water and along the shoreline. On May 11, there will be a dumpster available at Westlake Waterfront Inn at Indian Point Marina and on May 18 at Pleasure Point.

Please note, these dumpsters are for debris collected on the water and along the shoreline only.

In addition, businesses and larger groups that organize their own on-the-water cleanup event may apply for reimbursement of up to $400 for costs incurred for dumpster and landfill fees.

Volunteers offer limited debris collection from docks

The first three weekends in May, Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire/Rescue will coordinate debris pickup from docks of those not able to dispose of it themselves. A few restrictions apply:

  • You must register for Take Pride in SML by May 3 and use the signature orange bags provided for free
  • The orange bags must be clearly visible and accessible by boat (e.g. placed at the end of the dock for easy access), not on the shoreline
  • Locations will be limited primarily to the Main Channel and Blackwater Channel. Volunteers will not be able to go in narrow coves. More details will be provided in the near future. For the latest updates, please check our Facebook page!

Organizers

Now in its 32nd year, Take Pride in SML is organized by representatives of:

Smith Mountain Lake Association

Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission

Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

For questions, please contact TLAC at 540-721-4400.

Take Pride in SML 2019 Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors! 

DIAMOND: American Electric Power

PLATINUM: Western Virginia Water Authority

GOLD:
Berkshire Hathaway Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

Capps Home Building Center

Carilion Clinic

Glenda McDaniel – Long & Foster Real Estate

Turner’s Dock Building

The Windward Waterfront Lots and Custom Homes

In addition, thank you to the following organizations, businesses and individuals who have committed to donating time, services or materials to Take Pride in SML 2019:

Crazy Horse Marina

Westlake Waterfront Inn at Indian Point Marina

Magnum Point Marina

David Byrd, Clifton F. Byrd & Sons

Pleasure Point Homeowners Association

SML Striper Club

Smith Mountain Lake Rotary Club

Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire/Rescue

American Electric Power

Bartlett Tree Experts at Smith Mountain Lake

Bridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals

Grand Home Furnishings

Mango’s Bar & Grill

The McKelvey Companies

Franklin County Solid Waste Management

Bedford County Solid Waste Management

Virginia Department of Transportation

Bays Trash Removal

Franklin Container Services

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

Revamped Take Pride in SML event nets 23 tons of debris

Community volunteers collected more than 46,000 pounds (23 tons) of debris as part of Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake, according to the final 2018 collection report,

Read the report -> TPISML_final stats_2018

“We tweaked the format and got many more people involved in organizing and implementing Take Pride this year, and it made a huge difference. We are absolutely amazed with the numbers,” said the Paula Shoffner, Executive Director of the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission, which organizes the program in collaboration with the Smith Mountain Lake Association and the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

According to the report, 222 individuals participated in Take Pride in SML, which involved 32 registered events throughout May.

Shoffner said, “That’s more than double the number who participated last year when Take Pride was a summer-long event. Those volunteers contributed to collecting nearly four times more debris than what was reported in 2017. Amazing!”

Debris collected along 55 miles of shoreline included plastic and glass bottles, beverage cans, plastic bags, food wrappers and food containers. Gardner said the most unusual items collected included a kiddie pool, washing machine agitator and a bag of freshly shucked corn on the cob.

“We’re not sure how a bag of corn ended up in the lake but figure some family was pretty disappointed come dinner time,” Gardner joked.

Among the changes made this year that organizers say greatly impacted participation include:

  • Declared May “Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake Month”
  • Re-branded the event with a new logo
    New logo blog header
  • Established an organizing committee made up of community leaders, as well as volunteers with past TPISML experience
  • Partnered with local civic groups and businesses to organize three events (May 5, 12 and 19) at various locations around the lake with large dumpsters provided for free
  • Worked with Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire/Rescue to coordinate limited debris pickup from docks of those not able to dispose of it themselves
  • Offered participants the option to plan their own Take Pride cleanups anytime in May
  • Made signup easier by allowing participants to pre-register and pick up their free supplies (t-shirt, work gloves and heavy duty orange trash bags) at the SML Business Expo in early May
  • Added a post-event celebration at Mango’s Bar & Grill as a thank you for volunteers, organizers and sponsors

Sponsors for 2018’s Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake initiative included American Electric Power, Western Virginia Water Authority, Berkshire Hathaway Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate, Capps Home Building Center, Carilion Clinic, Glenda McDaniel – Long & Foster Real Estate, Turner’s Dock Building, and The Windward Waterfront Lots and Custom Homes.

“We’re so thankful for the long-standing commitment we’ve had from these businesses, because the success of Take Pride could not have happened without their support,” said Lorie Smith, SMLA President. “We feel like we’re definitely prepared to elevate the event to another level again next year.”

Photos from Take Pride in SML kickoff events

Check out these photos from a successful fist weekend of Take Pride in SML! Additional volunteers are needed for events on May 12 and May 19. Join us!

May 12
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crazy Horse Marina (B10A)
Bay Rock Marina (R87)

May 19
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pleasure Point (R87)
David and Steve Byrd Boat Ramp at 1252 Water Wheel Drive (R28)
Magnum Point Marina (southwest of B37) – Dump truck only

Sign up now or plan your own event!

 

May is Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake month – Sign up now!

Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake, SML’s annual cleanup initiative, will take place throughout the month of May with organized events scheduled for May 5, May 12 and May 19, 2018 at various locations around the lake.

Neighborhood groups, businesses, families, civic organizations and others may participate in any of the organized events or, as in the past, plan their own Take Pride cleanup anytime in May.

Pre-registration is required by May 4 for participants to receive free gloves, orange trash bags and commemorative t-shirts, as well as participate in a post-event celebration scheduled for May 23 at Mango’s Bar & Grill.

Find the registration form here.

For the three scheduled dates, dumpsters will be available at various locations around the lake for disposal of debris collected on water.

May 5
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crazy Horse Marina (near channel marker B10A)
Westlake Waterfront Inn at Indian Point Marina (R37)
Dumpsters available

Magnum Point Marina (southwest of B37) – Dump truck available
Sign up now!

May 12
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crazy Horse Marina (B10A)
Bay Rock Marina (R87)
Dumpsters available
Sign up now!

May 19
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pleasure Point (R87)
David and Steve Byrd Boat Ramp at 1252 Water Wheel Drive (R28)
Dumpsters available

Magnum Point Marina (southwest of B37) – Dump truck available
Sign up now!

Organizing your own event?  Use the registration form here.

SML Rotary Club members participate in TPISML 2016

SML Rotary Club members (from left) Bill Piatt, Brian Raub and Dick Kenyon unload debris as part of their 2016 Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake event. Photo courtesy of Jim Buchanan, SML Rotary Club.

Sign up and receive a free T-shirt, trash bags and gloves

Free trash bags, gloves and commemorative T-shirts are provided to all participants, up to 25 in a group who sign up by May 4 (while supplies last). In addition, businesses and larger groups that organize their own on-the-water cleanup event may apply for reimbursement of up to $400 for costs incurred for dumpster and landfill fees. Deadline to apply for reimbursement is May 4. It’s quick and easy!

Three easy ways to sign up for Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake

Take Pride in SML representatives will be signing up participants at the SML Business Expo, which will take place on May 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. indoors at the YMCA at LakeWatch Plantation. For convenience, participants who have pre-registered may also pick up their supplies then.

Other registration options include downloading the online form or stopping by the TLAC office (400 Scruggs Road, Suite 200, Moneta). Supplies will be available for pickup there.

Volunteers offer limited debris collection from docks

The first three weekends in May, Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire/Rescue will coordinate debris pickup from docks of those not able to dispose of it themselves. A few restrictions apply:

  • You must register for Take Pride in SML by May 4 and use the signature orange bags provided for free
  • The orange bags must be clearly visible and accessible by boat (e.g. placed at the end of the dock for easy access), not on the shoreline
  • Locations will be limited primarily to the Main Channel and Blackwater Channel. Volunteers will not be able to go in narrow coves. More details will be provided in the near future. For the latest updates, please check our Facebook page!

“Details are still being worked out,” stressed SMLA president Lorie Smith. “But our goal is to make it easier for those with mobility issues or steep lots to be able to get rid of the debris they’ve collected.”

For questions, please contact TLAC at 540-721-4400.

Register now for Smith Mountain Lake cleanup days

Sign up here >>> Take Pride in SML Registration Form.

Now in its 31st year, Take Pride in SML is organized by representatives of:

Smith Mountain Lake Association

Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission

Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

Take Pride in SML 2018 Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors! 

DIAMOND: American Electric Power

PLATINUM: Western Virginia Water Authority

GOLD:
Berkshire Hathaway Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

Capps Home Building Center

Carilion Clinic

Glenda McDaniel – Long & Foster Real Estate

Turner’s Dock Building

The Windward Waterfront Lots and Custom Homes

In addition, thank you to the following organizations, businesses and individuals who have committed to donating time, services or materials to Take Pride in SML 2018:

Crazy Horse Marina

Bay Roc Marina

Westlake Waterfront Inn at Indian Point Marina

Waterwheel Marina

Pleasure Point Homeowners Association

SML Striper Club

Smith Mountain Lake Rotary Club

Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire/Rescue

American Electric Power

Bartlett Tree Experts at Smith Mountain Lake

Bridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals

David Byrd, Clifton F. Byrd & Sons

Grand Home Furnishings

Mango’s Bar & Grill

The McKelvey Companies

Franklin County Solid Waste Management

Bedford County Solid Waste Management

Virginia Department of Transportation

Bays Trash Removal

Franklin Container Services

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

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!

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.

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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).