Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission

Shoreline Management Plan (SMP)

The Appalachian Power Company Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) was last updated and approved by the Federal Energy Resource Commission (FERC) on January 30, 2014. The SMP provides guidelines and regulations for shoreline development for Smith Mountain Lake and Leesville Lake. It must also ensure the protection and enhancement of the recreational, environmental, cultural and scenic resources and the production of electricity.

Shoreline Management Plan Link 

SMP Modification Timeline

  • TLAC deadline for receiving suggestions & comments: October 31, 2023
  • TLAC Report to be submitted to Appalachian Power Company: Dec. 2023/Jan. 2024
  • Appalachian Power Company Smith Mountain Project No. 2210 Shoreline Management Plan, Plan and Schedule for 10-Year Review 

How you can comment on the SMP

You can comment on the SMP to TLAC using this link: SMP Comment Form

You can also post comments to a docket through the eComment page on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) website. For example, if a plan has been released for review by various technical review committees and/or by the public, you can submit comments through this portal. These comments become part of the public record on the docket and are reviewed by FERC staff. In some cases, FERC staff responds to comments personally.

 Subscribe to the FERC Docket for the Smith Mountain Project

What is FERC?

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the agency that licenses and regulates Appalachian Power Company’s operation of the Smith Mountain Project (Smith Mountain and Leesville Lakes). Public records of most materials related to the oversight and licensing of projects such as the Smith Mountain Project are available for download through the FERC eLibrary. Each project is filed on a “docket”. As a citizen you can “subscribe” to most dockets on the FERC eLibrary. Once you set up a profile on the FERC website, this subscription will automatically send you emails that contain links from which to download filings when they are made.