The Smith Lake Civic Association (SLCA) will hold its annual Fall Cleanup on Lewis Smith Lake on Monday and Tuesday, concentrating its cleanup efforts on the main body of the lake from Duncan Bridge …
The Smith Lake Civic Association (SLCA) will hold its annual Fall Cleanup on Lewis Smith Lake on Monday and Tuesday, concentrating its cleanup efforts on the main body of the lake from Duncan Bridge to Lewis Smith Lake Dam.
"We hold our cleanup on Smith Lake twice a year - in the spring and fall - with the support of Alabama Power," said Danny Williams, a spokesman for the Smith Lake Civic Association. "During this year's spring cleanup, we collected around 2,500 pounds of debris from the banks of Smith Lake, and, with all the rain we've had lately, we'll probably collect even more during our fall cleanup."
Williams said over the years volunteers with SCLA and Alabama Power have cleaned up over 150 tons of styrofoam and other debris from Lewis Smith Lake.
"The members of our association, along with the members of the Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy and Smith Lake Environmental Preservation Committee, take pride in keeping Smith Lake one of the most pristine lakes in Alabama," Williams said. "We not only hold our annual cleanups to keep the lake clean, we also monitor and address the envirnomental concerns of the waters on Smith Lake."
The SLCA has also installed a number of fish habitats in support of fishing interest on Smith Lake. To aid in its bi-annual cleanups and other lake projects, the SLCA owns and maintains a 24-foot pontoon boat that is equipped with a crane for handling large, heavy objects such as lake debris.
The SCLA also maintains a meeting hall on Smith Lake Dam Road in Curry, which is available to the public for a modest rental fee. The facility has spacious kitchen with an ice maker, making it a good option for large groups of up to 100 people.
"We couldn't do what we do without the support of our volunteers and donations from our community," Williams said. "So if you can volunteer some time on Monday and Tuesday to assist us with our fall cleanup, we would really appreciate the help."
Williams said if circumstances prevent you from volunteering for this year's fall cleanup, then please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help the SLCA continue its annual cleanups and other programs, such as Christmas tree recycling, planting the shores for fish habitat and monitoring water purity in an effort to preserve one of our most precious natural resources.
"We will meet at the Smith Lake Dam Boat Launch on Smith Lake Dam Road on Monday and Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. each day," Williams said. "We will return to the boat launch around 11:30 for lunch and then go back out again in the afternoon. So we're hoping everyone will come out and help us preserve Smith Lake."
Anyone interested in volunteering for this year's Fall Cleanup is being asked to contact SCLA member Roger Treglown at 205-300-5253 as soon as possible.
"We're also encouraging all of our members to attend and participate in our fall cleanup,"Williams said. "Our members are the life-blood of our organization, so we're always looking for new members."
The SCLA was chartered by the state in 1976 and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer citizen's organization involved in addressing the environmental concerns of Smith Lake. Its annual lifetime membership is $50 for a single membership and $100 for a couples membership.
Anyone interested in becoming a member can call the SCLA at 205-221-2183 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They may also mail to Smith Lake Civic Association, P.O. Box 2411, Jasper, AL 35502.