Mission / Vision

The Smith Lake Environmental Preservation Committee (SLEPC) was formed in 1995 as an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the goal of preserving and enhancing the water quality of Smith Lake and its tributaries for people, recreation, fish and other wildlife through education and volunteer efforts and by working with officials and agencies and other organizations with similar goals.

What We Do

  • Organize and carry out cleanups at Smith Lake — Through the Renew our Rivers program, Alabama Power Company provides boats and drivers, and SLEPC volunteers pick up trash from the lake along the shorelines. In the 2016 Spring and Fall cleanups, we removed more than three tons of garbage.
  • Recruit, train and equip volunteers for Alabama Water Watch — The volunteers monitor the water quality at Smith Lake with monthly testing. Results are reported to Alabama Water Watch to be used in analyzing overall water quality in Alabama lakes and waterways.
  • Work toward attaining the Treasured Alabama Lake designation for Smith Lake — This honor is awarded to lakes in Alabama that meet special quality standards for cleanliness and nutrient enrichment. The water testing results are important for this effort.
  • Cooperate with other clean water advocacy groups, helping to identify pollution problems, promote solutions, and increase public involvement in conservation.