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Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake

Participants take a break from collecting debris in the Harbor Village community of Smith Mountain Lake during Take Pride in SML Cleanup Days in 2023.

Volunteer registration is open for Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake (TPISML), SML's annual cleanup initiative.

On May 4th, neighborhood groups, businesses, individuals, families, civic organizations, and others are invited to clean up on the shore, on the lake, or both!


This year, there will be convenient dumpster spots for volunteers to dispose of logs and other large debris from the lake. These sites include: Magnum Point Marina, Bay Rock Marina, Walnut Run, Gills Creek Marina, and the Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center.


Volunteers who pre-register by April 30 will receive a free T-shirt, work gloves, heavy duty trash bags and an invitation to a post-event celebration dinner at Mango’s on May 8, according to Kristina Sage, Executive Director of the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission. TLAC has organized the event since 1988 in conjunction with the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and Smith Mountain Lake Association.


She also pointed out that, if May 4 is not an option, groups and individuals may plan their own cleanup event any time in May and be eligible for the free gloves, trash bags and commemorative shirts (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. 


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