Smith Mountain Lake residents are worried about low water levels at the lake. According to the Roanoke Times, the water level is about 41/2 feet below full pond, making it impossible for some lake residents to get their boats out onto the lake. Appalachian Power controls water releases from the Smith Mountain Lake dam, but officials say the problem is that the area is suffering from a drought. They’re urging residents to contact their lawmakers to update the current water management plan.
12/5/12: Tonight’s gathering to discuss Smith Mountain Lake’s water levels has been moved. The declining level at the lake has been a growing concern for residents and business owners. In a recent report released by Virginia Outdoorsman, it continues to run between 4 and 5 feet below normal full levels. Meeting facilitators say they intend to focus on the water release protocol currently followed by the State Water Control Board. The location for this evenings meeting has change from the Conference Center to the Trinity Ecumenical Parish on Rt. 122 in Moneta—it will be held at 7 p.m.