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Smith Mountain Lake Water Quality Program

Ferrum College Water Quality ProgramSmith Mountain Lake Water Association


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This site is sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Association 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.

NEW: GIS based interactive searchable maps of water quality data 

(Updated-5/14/2014)

Previous Years Annual Reports: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013(just released-2/1/2014)

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.

Smith Mountain Lake Volunteer Weed and Algae Monitoring Program

Since 2008, the Ferrum College Water Quality Program has worked with the Smith Mountain Lake Association and Tri-county Lake Administrative Commission and volunteer weed and algae monitors in identifying and tracking plant and algae species across the lake.

If you would like to report a weed or algae problem on Smith Mountain Lake, please contact the Monitor Coordinator at 540-719-WEED (540-719-9333).

Claytor Lake Water Quality Monitoring Program

The Ferrum College Water Quality Program also works in collaboration with the Friends of Claytor Lake to coordinate the efforts of volunteer water quality monitors in measuring and tracking water quality parameters for Claytor Lake. Parameters monitored include: Secchi depth (a measure of water clarity), E. coli concentration, chlorophyll-A concentration, and total phosphorus concentration.

Virginia Department of Health Education and Pump-Out Program

In an effort to help minimize bacteria in Smith Mountain Lake, the Ferrum College Water Quality Program has worked in collaboration with the Smith Mountain Lake Association and the Virginia Department of Health to help educate boaters about the importance of the no-discharge zone on Smith Mountain Lake and to provide low cost pump-out services for boats equipped with sewage storage tanks.