Ferrum College Water Quality Program
***30th Anniversary of the Program-2016***
New: 2015 Annual Report (Additonal report years listed below)
Water Quality Program Staff:
This site is sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Association and Ferrum College and
hosted by the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Ferrum College. All information
is protected by copyright and cannot be reproduced in any form without the express
written permission of the Water Quality Program staff.
A Few Previous Years Annual Reports: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, New: 2015 Report (uploaded Feb. 2016)
Smith Mountain Lake Water Quality Monitoring Program
Since 1987, the Ferrum College Water Quality Program has worked in collaboration with
the Smith Mountain Lake Association to coordinate the efforts of volunteer water quality monitors in measuring and tracking
water quality parameters for Smith Mountain Lake. Parameters monitored include: Secchi
depth (a measure of water clarity), E. coli concentration, dissolved oxygen concentration, conductivity, pH, chlorophyll-A concentration, and total phosphorus concentration.
This work has received funding from the Smith Mountain Lake Association, American Electric Power, Bedford County, Franklin County, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Western Virginia Water Authority, and Tri-county Lake Administrative Commission.
Award presented to Dr. Carolyn Thomas and Dr. David Johnson for 30 years of dedication
to and starting the SML Water Quality Project. From left to right: Mr. Larry Iceman
(SML Association), Dr. Thomas, Dr. Johnson, Mr. Charles Patton (President of Appalachian
Power Company) and Dr. Jody Spooner (President of Ferrum College)