- The Smith Mountain Lake Association leads the way in:
- Measuring and protecting water quality including the identification and monitoring of aquatic weed growth with TLAC & 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 day in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce & TLAC (Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission)
- 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 who support us by offering SMLA members discounts of 10-30%; Shop and save where you live! Check out "Membership Discounts" to find partner businesses.
Ben . e . fit
When used as a noun, a benefit implies:
help, aid, assistance, well-being, sake, etc.
The members of SMLA directed their time and efforts primarily towards the environmental protection of Smith Mountain Lake and its watershed.
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 are doing and have done 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” for what we do, we, as SMLA members, receive the “benefits” of satisfaction that come from caring about something that is more than anyone of us could do alone.
One “salesman” once described the “benefit” of the $30.00 yearly membership fee to SMLA as: “the cheapest insurance a homeowner and/or a businessman/women could ever get.”
One member of SMLA once described the “benefit” he receives as a member, 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 do not know who you are or what what you are doing, and that result of what you do is a self-satisfaction which you use to justify your investment of time and your talent.