How to Help

SMLA depends on a) scientific data to develop and fund helpful programs, and b) the contributions of time and resources from our neighbors and members – folks like YOU!

There are four great ways to help SMLA continue its mission:

Join Us – Become a Member and Renew your Membership

  • SMLA has a variety of Resident memberships based on your ability to contribute. New members receive a special gift for memberships above Family membership.
  • Membership Benefits: A member once described the “benefit” of the yearly membership fee to SMLA as: “the cheapest insurance you can buy to maintain your home value.” The members of SMLA direct their time and efforts primarily towards the environmental protection of Smith Mountain Lake and its watershed. Our past efforts have significantly contributed to the overall health of the Lake and increased property values. Collected data and analysis clearly demonstrates that SML, while over 50 years old, looks and acts like a lake of 30 years. SMLA has achieved amazing results. If we don’t do it, nobody will! Become a Steward of the Lake.

Join Us – Become a Business Partner


  • Businesses reap the rewards of a pristine lake by attracting and retaining customers year after year. Your success depends on OUR success. You can donate for a Business Partner Membership to show your support for SMLA and the work we are doing. There are several Business Partner membership levels.
  • SMLA greatly appreciates the opportunity to support our business community and help them succeed and prosper. We all understand that the health and protection of the lake is not only critical to our environment but to the economic vitality of our region. We ask that you frequent our Business Partners often and thank them for helping to enhance and protect our most valued asset – Smith Mountain Lake. View a list of our current Business Partners.

You can also contribute to SMLA, without costing you anything! Just use Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards.

First, when you shop at Amazon,  use the Amazon Smile site ( It’s the same Amazon and same products, it just allows you to contribute to SMLA at no additional cost to you! Upon your first visit you will be prompted to search for and select a charitable organization from their list (Smith Mountain Lake Association, Inc. please!) then, shop away! Use this link: This works for Amazon Prime members as well. Just remember to log into the Amazon Smile site in order for us to get the contribution. SMLA will get a 5% reimbursement of your eligible purchases!

Second, do much the same at Kroger and sign up for their Community Rewards Program. This is different than fuel reward points. After you register for Community Rewards, Kroger will contribute 5% of your qualified purchases to SMLA! You will need our NPO number 80309. Here are Kroger’s complete instructions:

  1. Register online at
  2. Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register it with your organization as you sign up.
  3. Click on Sign In/Register
  4. If you are a new online customers, you must click SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer’ box.
  5. Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on your store, entering your email address, creating a password, and agreeing to the terms and conditions.
  6. You will get a message to check your email inbox. Click on the link in the email.
  7. Click My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  8. Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  9. Update or confirm your information.
  10. Enter RF748 or our name, select us from list and click confirm.

Sign up and start contributing today!

Help Us – Volunteer for one of our Committees and Projects

Become a Steward of the Lake

Members of SMLA direct their time and efforts primarily towards the environmental protection of Smith Mountain Lake and its watershed. The Smith Mountain Lake Association leads the way in:

  • Measuring and protecting water quality.
  • Working in cooperation with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission &AEP to address Shoreline Management Program issues, including dredging, shoreline restrictions, docks, and the policies and procedures regulating each.
  • Co-sponsoring “Take Pride in SML” annual clean up days in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce & TLAC
  • Monitoring and participating in the development of programs for the relicensing of AEP by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Get Involved: SMLA has the following high-priority Committee Chair vacancies. Please contact the SMLA office or President and express your desire to serve.

  • Membership – Direct efforts to obtain and maintain SMLA members. Assistance provided by Office Administrator.
  • Business Partners – Recruits local businesses and serves as their SMLA advocate within the business community. 

You can volunteer for…

  • Being an office volunteer
  • Collecting water samples
  • Identifying the organisms in a stream to determine water quality
  • Working on the Vessel Pump Out program
  • Collecting weed samples
  • Monitoring parts of the lake for floating debris
  • Organizing and participating in a Lake Cleanup Day in your neighborhood
  • Preparing articles for newspapers or the website
  • Developing marketing materials for the organization
  • Providing annual auditing services for the Treasurer
  • Representing one of the three counties by attending County Board of Supervisors meetings and reporting back to the SMLA Board of Directors

You can work with:

  • Homeowners on the Buffer Landscape Program to educate them on Lake saving techniques to reduce nutrients and sedimentation from entering the Lake.
  • Members of the Water Safety Council to concentrate on safe boating issues and implement related programs.
  • Local businesses, marinas, and the public to distribute and sell our Lake Maps/Charts.
  • Marketing professionals to help spread the good news about SMLA and the work we do.

You can study-up on a topic and work with others on issues as they present, such as:

  • The Shoreline Management Plan
  • AEP Relicensing
  • Local Government relations and interface
  • Environmental Education programs
  • Water level issues
  • Bacteria sources and farm animal retainer ponds
  • Fish habitats

You can interface with:

  • Ferrum College as they analyze data and prepare reports on water quality
  • Game and Inland Fishery as they address fishing issues
  • Blue Ridge Soil and Conservation as they address soil erosion issues

You may also have expertise that would help us with:

  • Watershed issues
  • Wetland Restoration Programs
  • Storm Water Runoff
  • Fertilizers and how they impact water quality
  • Landscaping and Plantings to reduce erosion
  • Fish habitat(s)

You Can Research, Benchmark, and/or Survey:

  • What other lake organizations are doing to protect their lake and watershed.
  • In fact, if what we are currently doing is not the best of fit for your interests, or expertise, you may also bring to us new ideas and programs. That’s how we grow!