Friday, October 19, 2012

October 5th & 6th cleanup

4 attachments — Download all attachments View all images IMG_0710.JPG 1482K View Download DSCN0452.JPG 3064K View Download DSCN0442.JPG 3519K View Download DSCN0446.JPG 3513K View Download LaVerne Matheson Lake Clean Up Inbox x David Brown 9:48 AM (23 hours ago) to Aaron, Adam, Pat, Maike, Allan, Allison, Ann, Ann, George, Arley, Linda, Austin, Barbara, Larry, James, Mickey, Barry, Bart, Joe, Terry, Vesta, Beth, Beth, Bill, Bill Dear: WCSLAINC Members, Stakeholders and Sponsors Just a quick note on our lake cleanup held October 5th and 6th. The cleanup was, in my opinion a great success. We had 33 volunteers participate and were able to cover Rock Creek from Sway Back Bridge south all the way to Rock Creek Marina. Additionally White Oak, Little Crooked and most of Crooked Creek was cleaned. We removed some beaded styrofoam and several hundred bags of debris such as glass and plastic bottles, tires, deflated towables, etc. We would like to thank the following people, company's and groups for assisting us in this endeavor; Tarrie and Jeff Hyche owners of Hyche LLC for providing two large dumpsters, The Winston County Sheriff Department and Sheriff Rick Harris for providing six work release inmates on Sat. Oct. 6th. Jim King of King Boat Docks for providing his property for a dumpster location and central meeting place. Alabama Power for providing bags, grabbers and especially Donnie Cagle for coordinating with Winston County Sheriffs Department. Jim Eason for providing a large trailer used on Crooked Creek. Also thank you to Cullman Electric Co-op, Werners Trading Company, Vann's Sporting Goods and Rock Creek Marina for cash and gift cards. Thanks also to the Northwest Alabamian Newspaper for sending a reporter and writing a great feature on us. When you are on Smith Lake and marvel at its beauty and pristine quality be aware that it does not self cleanse, every plastic bottle, styrofoam cooler, glass bottle etc. that makes it way into the lake will be there for decades to come if not for the selfless volunteers that take time out from their busy lives to help. To all the volunteers -- Once Again Thank You. David Brown President WCSLAINC LaVerne LaVerne Matheson

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

slough clean-up

Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Inc. Slough Cleanup this week Friday 5 and Saturday 6 Time: 8:00 A.M. to 2 P.M. Location: Rock, Crooked , Little Crooked Creeks and White Oak Dumpsters @ 3 locations Bags Furnished for slough cleanup NEEDED: boats and volunteers more info Call Meeting Area: Jim Kings Boat House Builder CO. RD. 222 David Brown 256-747-2109 or Sammy Boggan 205-215-4401

Friday, July 27, 2012

Rain Barrel Workshop to be held in Haleyville

Construct a 50-gallon rain barrel; and learn how to install and maintain it for only $10.  A Rain Barrel Workshop will be held Tuesday, August 14, 2012,  from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Alabama Center for Advanced Woodworking Technology in Haleyville.  Please call Winston County Extension office at 205 489-5376 for registration information.  See the complete flyer at:

Monday, July 16, 2012

July 30 - ADCNR Public Meeting to Discuss Bass Populations in Smith Lake

The Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (ADCNR) will hold a public meeting on Monday, July 30 to discuss the status of bass populations in Smith Lake, bass management goals and regulations, and the possible use of tournament exemptions for harvest restrictions.  The meeting will be Monday, July 30 at 6:30 PM in Jasper at the Activity Room of the Community Health Systems Building.  The address is 204 19th Street East.  For directions, call the Walker County Chamber of Commerce at 205-384-4571.  For more information on the meeting, contact the ADCNR at 205-339-5716.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Partners continue to "Renew Our Rivers" on Smith Lake

Twenty-nine individuals joined forces at Houston Recreation Area this week to continue the "Renew Our Rivers" effort to clean-up Alabama's waterways.  Staff and volunteers from Alabama Power Company, Bankhead National Forest, and Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy, Inc removed litter from sloughs on Smith Lake as part of Renew Our Rivers.  Three barges and a bass boat worked together to fill two construction dumpsters full of bottles, cans, noodles, rafts, fishing tackle, propane bottles, grills, and small chunks of foam floating in and along the shoreline.  Special recognition goes to Hyche LLC of Addison for donating the dumpsters and removing the litter.

The partnership to clean up Smith Lake in Winston County began in 2006 with Alabama Power Company, Bankhead National Forest, Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy, Inc and the Winston County Commission.  Since that time, an estimated 672 tons of trash have been removed from Smith Lake in Winston County by the partner organizations.   Renew Our Rivers is the southeast's largest organized river clean-up.

Friday, June 15, 2012

August 1, 2012
Registration - 8:30am 8:55am
Conference 9:00am- 4:45pm

3100 Yacht Club Way NE
Tuscaloosa, AL  35406

Please make plans to attend the first State of the Watershed Conference for the Black Warrior River Basin.  A full day of information about the Black Warrior River will include:
  • Recently completed or on-going studies
  • Completed or on-going, on-the-ground projects
  • Special places, AND
  • Water Policy in Alabama
 Registration fee is $20 per person to cover lunch costs.  On-line registration is available at  (See Upcoming Events on the right side of the web page.)  A draft agenda is attached for your consideration.
Westervelt Ecological Services LLC 
If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Kellie Johnston, Black Warrior CWP Facilitator at (205) 623-0147 (email:

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Boaters Day

Saturday May 5th 10:00 A.M to 12:00 A.M. Duncan Bridge Marina Florida Marine Police: to discuss current boating Laws and Regulations Maybe you just have a particular question you need an answer for. This will be the place and time to acquire an answer to your question. The Smith Lake Coast Guard Flotilla will also be there to talk with you about any problems or inspect your boat; to be sure everything is ready for this summer’s fun. INSPECTION OF YOUR BOAT IS FREE!!!!! Saturday May 12th. 10:00 A.M to 12:00 A.M Church on the Lake ( Next to Rock Creek Marina) Florida Marine Police: to discuss current boating Laws and Regulations Maybe you just have a particular question you need an answer for. This will be the place and time to acquire an answer to your question. The Smith Lake Coast Guard Flotilla will also be there to talk with you about any problems or inspect your boat; to be sure everything is ready for this summer’s fun. INSPECTION OF YOUR BOAT IS FREE!!!!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

WCSLAI recognized Nationally by the Forest Service with Rise to the Future Award

Forest Service News Release

Bankhead National Forest and Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Group Recognized Nationally

(Double Springs, Ala.) April 18, 2012 --- The U.S. Forest Service’s Bankhead Ranger District and longtime partner, Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Group, were recently honored at a national ceremony in Washington, D.C. for their dedication to ensure the water quality of Lewis Smith Lake is protected and preserved. Numerous volunteers and Forest Service employees earned the Rise to the Future award – the Forest Service highest honor for exemplary aquatic stewardship.
Since 2007, the Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Group has collaborated with the Bankhead National Forest in sponsoring lake shore clean-up events as part of the Alabama Power Company’s ‘Renew Our Rivers’ campaign. According to Elrand Denson, Bankhead district ranger, the Winston County ‘Renew Our Rivers’ clean-up events have removed approximately 180 tons of litter including styrofoam, appliances, tires, boating accessories and fishing tackle from Lewis Smith Lake shorelines in Winston County and the Bankhead National Forest.
“The coalition of partners have worked together tirelessly to remove trash from the shorelines on over 166 river miles in Winston County. The Forest Service commends our partners for taking on a community project to improve Alabama’s abundant natural resources” said Allison Cochran, Bankhead National Forest’s wildlife biologist. Such removal of litter not only beautifies the lake, but also prevents harm to wildlife animals and plants. It helps decontaminate the waterways and assists in preventing bushfires that damage natural areas.
“The partnership with the Bankhead Ranger District is allowing us to clean up the lake for future generations to enjoy,” said LaVerne Matheson, President of the Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy. “Now we have a beautiful lake with water so blue it sparkles like diamonds at times.”
Originally, the partnership began as a small community cleanup that has now evolved into a large-scale grassroots project with hundreds of volunteers and supporters, including the Winston County Commission, Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, local businesses, lake residents and visitors.
To learn more about or to volunteer with the Winston County ‘Renew Our Rivers’ campaign, please contact Allison Cochran at (205) 489-5111. To join the Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy, Inc and learn more about their projects in Winston County, please contact LaVerne Matheson at (256) 747-4422.
The Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Group is a 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is to preserve and protect the environmental quality of Lewis Smith Lake and its tributaries through education of the public and promotion and implementation of sound environmental practices.
William B. Bankhead National Forest is one of Alabama’s four national forests managed by the USDA Forest Service. Its mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Motto: Caring for the land and serving people.

Friday, March 2, 2012

board meeting

Tuesday, March 13 @ 10:00 AM Traders and Farmers Bank in Arley

Discuss our public meeting April 13th @ Traders and Farmers Bank in Arley
Time 6:30 PM,
snacks and drinks,
Have pictures constantly running on screen, showing our accomplishments

discuss :
Saturday morning May 5th @ Duncan Bridge Marina 10AM to 12 AM
Saturday morning May 12th @ Rock Creek Church on the Lake 10 AM to 12 AM
For boaters to meet with Marine patrol officers to answer any questions a boater may have about regulations for boaters or other questions. The Coast Guard flottila will also be there to explain to the boaters how and what they can do to help a boat owner.

Many more projects to discuss at our board meeting March 13th. Our board meetings op en to the public. Do you have a problem or question on the lake. Lets discuss it at our board meeting. See you on the 13th.