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Debris Management Plan

Smith Mountain Lake - Debris Management

Any large body of water, whether constructed or free-flowing, is subject to the accumulation of floating or suspended debris, particularly after heavy inflows, slow-moving storms or unrestricted run-off. Much of this is natural, but there is a growing amount of man-made debris that flows into the project due to upstream carelessness, poor environmental mitigation or lakeside littering.

As part of its operating license, Appalachian Power is required, first and foremost, to maintain safe and clear waterways in the main channels especially after heavy inflow events.