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
    • In partnership with Alabama Power and Renew our Rivers, the SLEPC lake cleanups have removed more than 6,226,440 pounds of trash from Smith Lake since the year 2000.
    • SLEPC also manages an Adopt-A-Stream location on County Road 813 between County Road 222 and the entrance to Smith Lake Park.
  • Recruit, train and equip water monitors for Smith Lake and Alabama Water Watch — The volunteer monitors test the water each month to monitor the water quality at Smith Lake. Results are reported to Alabama Water Watch and are used in analyzing and tracking the overall water quality of Smith Lake. Alabama Water Watch reports the results to the membership at the annual State of the Lake address.
  • 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.