Starting this summer SMLA will begin our 31st year of monitoring
the quality of the water within the main lake in SML and also
where the rivers and streams enter the lake. This is important to
insure the water remains safe for everyone to use and enjoy. We
have approximately 60 SMLA member volunteers monitoring 85 sites
around the lake during the summer. It is easy, fun and rewarding
to know that as a monitor you are good stewards of this beautiful
lake as well as helping to insure that water quality remains
Actually the quality of the water in SML is remarkable for a fifty-two year old lake and showing little signs of change over the last 10 years. SMLA is proud of that fact and our water quality monitoring program. SMLA’s partners during the last 30 years of water quality monitoring are the many volunteers and Ferrum College. There many SMLA volunteers who have given freely their time and use of the their boat and gas to go out and check the clarity of the lake water and collect samples of the water at their prescribed sites around the lake six times during the summer. Ferrum College Professors, staff and student interns conduct additional monitoring and perform all of the analysis of the water and biological samples in their exceptional environmental sciences laboratory on their beautiful campus located in Ferrum Virginia. The resulting data is reported to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Department of Health, the volunteers, SMLA members and the public. If there is an issue with the quality of the water SMLA promptly alerts our members, the public and respective agencies.
To be a Water Quality Monitor contact Larry Iceman at email@example.com or call the SMLA office at (540) 719-0690. Please leave your name, phone #, and or E-mail address and state your interest and or question if no one is available to answer the phone. Ferrum College provides the monitoring equipment and training for the volunteers. No prior experience is required to be a monitor. It is a good family fun boating activity. Their will be a kickoff meeting in May. Please call or e-mail for details. You will need a boat, ice chest for water and the samples, sunscreen and sunglasses.
While boating and monitoring the water please wear your life jackets. It is your life you are protecting as well as any others on your boat. Your Safety comes first.