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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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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Take Pride in SML announces plan to help offset dumpster costs

Organizers of Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake, a community-wide lake cleanup effort that will run throughout the summer season, have announced a new program that allows large groups, on-the-water groups and businesses to apply for reimbursement of up to $400 for costs incurred for dumpster and landfill fees.

“This plan was developed in response to feedback from organizations that still want to choose a designated day for their group cleanup event and really need a dumpster for the large amount of debris they expect to collect,” said Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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“Transitioning from a one-day event to a season-wide effort has come with some hurdles, but we’re excited to offer this reimbursement solution to groups that qualify,” she added. “Our goal is to help as many people as possible to participate in this awesome tradition, especially in the lake’s 50th anniversary year.”

Gardner said businesses and organizations must fill out an official consideration form prior to their event (and no later than June 30) and that requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional criteria must be met, as well.

Download the official guidelines and the reimbursement application.

Registration is now open!

Individuals, families, neighbors, subdivisions, organizations and vacationers who wish to participate in TPISML may choose any day between May 7 and Sept. 5 to clean up the lake, shoreline or both.large boat cleanup crew

Download the signup form here!

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.

“Changing from one specific day to any day between May 7 and Sept. 5 allows people and groups the flexibility to choose a day that works best for them, piggyback on an existing event or participate more than once,” Gardner said.

Why not sign up now?

To participate in Take Pride in SML, download a signup form or stop by the TLAC office located on the upper level of The Plaza, 400 Scruggs Road, Suite 200, Moneta.

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.

All forms are available on our Downloads page.

Share the SML love on Facebook and Twitter | #TakePrideSML

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

Take Pride in SML announces major change

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.

waving on boatIt’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).

www.facebook.com-TakePrideSML (1)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.