Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake, a community-wide program now in its 29th year, has announced an exciting change that will make it even easier for residents and visitors to work together to keep the lake clean.
In the past, the annual cleanup effort was scheduled for the first Saturday in May each year. In 2016, Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake will extend throughout the spring and summer, allowing participants to choose any day between May 7 and Sept. 5 to clean up the shoreline, lake or both.
“It’s an exciting shift that makes it more convenient for everyone eager to do his or her part to keep Smith Mountain Lake beautiful,” said Pam Collins, Executive Director of the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission, which organizes the program in collaboration with the Smith Mountain Lake Association and the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Added Chamber Executive Director Vicki Gardner, “With the lake celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, we felt like the timing was perfect to transform this important and beloved community event. We’re confident this will boost participation by individuals, families, neighbors, subdivisions, organizations and vacationers who understand that keeping the lake clean requires continuous effort by all who use it.”
Participants are encouraged to register their event by June 30. Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake will provide each registered group with gloves and trash bags (while supplies last) two weeks prior to their event. Supplies may be picked up at the TLAC office located on the upper level of The Plaza, 400 Scruggs Road, Suite 200, Moneta.
Following the event, each group will provide a trash collection report to TLAC and each participant (up to 25 in a group) will receive a commemorative T-shirt (while supplies last).
In addition, Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake will be promoting events all summer long on its website (TakePrideSML.com) and via social media with participants encouraged to post photos of their cleanup efforts on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #TakePrideSML. Please like the Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@TakePrideSML)
A list of the groups and scheduled events will be available on the TLAC website and at TakePrideSML.com. Also available online are the registration form, participation list and trash collection report form.
Registration forms should be completed and returned to TLAC no later than June 30. The trash collection report should be completed and returned to TLAC within two weeks following the event.
“In the early fall, we’ll compile the trash collection report data and make it available to the general public via local media and the websites so all can celebrate the cooperative effort of keeping Smith Mountain Lake clean,” said Pete Lewis, president of the Smith Mountain Lake Association.
For more information, contact TLAC (540-721-4400) or the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce (540-721-1203) or visit TakePrideSML.com.