Youghiogheny River Lake hosts 75th Anniversary Celebration
Vince Klinkner, the supervisory natural resource specialist at Youghiogheny River Lake, speaks during the time capsule dedication ceremony at Youghiogheny River Lake’s 75th celebration in Confluence, Pennsylvania on Aug. 19, 2023. Lake staff dedicated two time capsules were dedicated during the ceremony. One capsule held public messages, and another was for facility staff to include keepsakes such as a maintenance uniform shirt, a staff photo, name pins, and notes to future counterparts. Future lake staff will open the time capsules at the lake’s centennial celebration in 2048. Youghiogheny River Lake hosted a celebration commemorating the facility’s 75th anniversary. The celebration included speeches from Pittsburgh District Commander Nicholas Melin and Supervisory Natural Resource Manager Vince Klinkner, a time capsule and tree planting ceremony, dam tours, rock painting, and booths hosted by partner organizations who play a role in Youghiogheny River Lake’s operations. Although the dam was completed in 1943, it became fully operational in 1948. Since then, it has provided flood protection for the Youghiogheny River system and saved downstream communities more than $716 million in flood damages, alleviated waterway pollution, provided recreation opportunities, and improved navigation on the Monongahela and Ohio rivers. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Andrew Byrne)

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