• The Smith Mountain Lake Association announces the opening of nominations for its two annual awards: the Melvin S. Johnston Citizen Volunteer Award and the SMLA Spirit of the Lake Award.  The awards will be presented at the SMLA Annual Meeting, September 29, 2022, held at Trinity Ecumenical Church (40 Lakemount Dr, Moneta, VA 24121) from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm (program begins at 6:30 pm). Nomination forms are available by email from the SMLA Office and must be returned to the office by August 31, 2022. The Melvin S. Johnston Citizen Volunteer Award is named in honor of Melvin Johnston, the......

  • Smith Mountain Lake Association announces it’s annual meeting for Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.  This will be the first in person meeting after two years of virtual meetings due to COVID restrictions. The meeting will be from 6:30 – 8 PM.  Doors will open at 5:30 PM with exhibits highlighting SMLA  programs, along with exhibits from many of SMLA partner organizations.  SMLA will provide heavy snacks and refreshment during the exhibits. The program will highlight the association’s accomplishments over the past year to protect the water of SML and promote safe and responsible recreation, discuss plans for......

  • The Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) announces the results of the second bacterial testing of the season. Bacterial levels at all fourteen sites sampled in the lake this week have satisfied the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) standard for recreational waters. This includes the five sites that had previously failed the VDH standard on May 24. So, what caused the unfavorable results on May 24, and why have the results improved so much in the current week? You may recall that SML and the surrounding watershed area experienced very heavy rainfall in the days preceding May 24. During periods of......

  • Smith Mountain Lake Association Announces its Spring 2022 Membership Drive The Smith Mountain Lake Association announces its Spring 2022 membership drive with a goal to increase membership by 200 new individual or family members by the end of May. Funds raised through the membership drive will support SMLA’s mission to protect the water of Smith Mountain Lake and promote safe recreation. Specific initiatives supported by this membership drive include buying remote electronic sensors to monitor the water quality of the lake and funding of buffer landscape demonstration projects. In announcing the membership drive, Bill Butterfield, President of SMLA said “membership......

  • Chitwood Landscape Design has joined the Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) as a Gold business partner.  Bill Butterfield, President of SMLA, announced that Chitwood Landscape Design has joined SMLA as a Gold business partner. Acknowledging both the collaboration with Chitwood Landscape Design and the partnership that a Gold sponsor represents, Butterfield said “we are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has depended upon our member and business partner support to fund out initiatives over the past 50 years. Mr. Chitwood’s Gold sponsorship represents not only an opportunity to join hands in our endeavor with a dedicated business partner whose business contributes......

  • Smith Mountain Lake Association Receives Charitable Contribution in Memory of Larry Iceman The Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) has received a generous charitable contribution to honor the memory of longstanding SMLA leader Larry Iceman. This donation was presented to SMLA President John Rupnik by Mr. Iceman’s wife, Beatrice Iceman, on the two-year anniversary of his passing. Mr. Iceman was passionate about the responsibility all homeowners have to protect the water of Smith Mountain Lake. He believed that we should all be stewards of our lake and backed up his belief with tireless leadership in SMLA since retiring in 2004.  John......

  • Smith Mountain Lake Association Announces Awareness Initiative – Releases New Logo  Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) has launched an awareness initiative to help area homeowners better understand the mission and accomplishments of their organization. Key branding elements released today are the new Mission Statement and Logo.  According to John Rupnik, President of SMLA, “we are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has been doing extraordinary things for the past 50 years to keep our lake clean and safe; however, very few lakefront homeowners know what we do and why we need their support. Subsequently, we have launched this awareness campaign that......