Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission

Community volunteers collected approximately 8.8 tons of debris as part of the 35th Annual Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake (TPISML) cleanup days according to the final 2023 collection report released today.

Bill Butterfield, one of the event’s organizers, said the amount collected throughout the month of May was double that of 2022, and more than twice as many people participated.

“We had 364 volunteers fill an estimated 1,000 trash bags with debris that would otherwise be in the lake,” said Butterfield, president of the  Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA), which organizes the program in collaboration with the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission (TLAC) and the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC).

As in 2022, the TPISML committee relied on communities and homeowners/property owners associations to clean up their coves, along the shoreline, on the water or both.  Neighborhood groups, businesses, civic organizations, families and individuals were also encouraged to join the effort by joining these groups or by planning their own clean-up events anytime in May. Supplies were provided, as were several commercial dumpsters.

Each volunteer received a commemorative tote bag and was invited to attend a post-event celebration at Mango’s Bar & Grill with food, beverages and door prizes.