Floating obstacles can be a boater’s worst nightmare. Hitting a tree, piece of lumber, or even a plastic bag can disable or severely damage a boat. Additionally, windblown trash can collect in the coves and on the shorelines. AEP has the responsibility to remove hazards to navigation in open waters and to remove material that results in adverse aesthetic impacts. They own a floating skimmer that scoops up large quantities of debris, like trees, branches, man-made items like parts of docks along with the trash that mixes in. In 2015, over 790 tons of debris were removed from the lake through the efforts of AEP, their contractors and dedicated volunteers like you. Due to the difficulty of accessing the hundreds of coves in SML, AEP cannot clear the shallow water coves that usually hold similar items that have been pushed by the prevailing winds towards the ends of these coves.Over the years, SMLA and their volunteers, in cooperation with AEP and trash disposal services, have worked diligently to remove these unsightly items enhancing the overall beauty of the lake. The biggest volunteer effort, Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake, occurs the first weekend in May, and has been going on for the last 28 years. In 2015, 297 volunteers, along with many local business sponsors, picked up 43 tons of trash and debris.
Take Pride Website