The Smith Mountain Lake Association leads the way in:
- Measuring and protecting water quality, including the identification and monitoring of aquatic weed growth in cooperation with TLAC (Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission) & Ferrum College
- Working in cooperation with local politicians and the Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee to prevent interstate transfer of water to Kerr Lake regional water system
- Monitoring and participating in the political process of surrounding counties
- Working in cooperation with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 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 to manage the lake and continue operation of energy generation
- Partnering with area businesses that support our mission and
urging our membership to support these businesses.
Ben . e . fit
When used as a noun, a benefit implies: help, aid, assistance, well-being, etc.
The members of SMLA direct their time and efforts primarily
towards the environmental protection of Smith Mountain Lake and
Ben . e . fit
When us as a verb, a benefit is typically described as: To receive an advantage, to gain from, make the most of, etc.
The members of SMLA receive, in return for their work, the satisfaction of knowing that what they do has provided for their friends and neighbors a spectrum of “benefits” such as protection of their property value, protection of the water quality of the lake, advocacy for safe boating and recreation.... In short, not only does our community receive the “benefits” of what we do, but we, as SMLA members, receive the “benefit” of satisfaction that comes from collectively accomplishing something that is much more than any one of us could do alone.
A member once described the “benefit” of the yearly membership fee to SMLA as: “the cheapest insurance a homeowner and/or a businessman/women could ever get for $30.”
Another member of SMLA describes the “benefit” he receives in this way: “I just feel good about the mission and the outcomes, as well as the people I am around, and I know they feel the same way about the work and about me.”
Being a member of SMLA is somewhat analogous to a public service job; you do it knowing that you will “benefit” many people - even if they don't know you or what you have done. The result is self-satisfaction, justifying the investment of time and talent.