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Corps recreation sites host Earth Day celebration events

Pittsburgh District
Published April 20, 2022

BJ Zanolli and his son, Wyatt, 5, plant a tree sapling together during an Earth Day 2021 event in Ford City, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2021. Approximately 20 volunteers attended the event to plant 200 tree saplings, which included Eastern White Pine and Swamp White Oak, donated by West Penn Power. Crooked Creek is one of 16 flood control reservoirs within the Pittsburgh District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Several reservoirs and parks throughout the Pittsburgh district celebrated Earth Day by hosting either a volunteer cleanup or tree-planting day. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District photo by Michel Sauret)

In recognition of Earth Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District will host events at several reservoirs across its multistate region. We invite the public to join us as we clean up the environment, plant trees and restore local ecosystems to support the earth for years to come. 


Loyalhanna Lake

WHEN: April 22 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Bush Recreation Area

200 Boat Dock Road, New Alexandria, PA 15670

Loyalhanna Lake is hosting a lakeshore cleanup in which staff and volunteers will shuttle across the lake in pontoon boats and collect trash. Park staff will provide garbage bags, life jackets, safety gloves, refreshments and lunch to all volunteers. For questions, contact the Loyalhanna Lake office at (724) 639-9013.


Shenango River Lake

WHEN: April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Route 18 Access Area

Head east on West Lake Road, 300 yards past the campground at 492 W Lake Road, Transfer, PA 16154

Shenango River Lake is partnering with the Shenango River Watchers to host multiple habitat improvement activities and support local ecology. Volunteers are encouraged to join lake staff to plant trees, pollinator plots, and clear out litter. For questions, contact the Shenango River Lake office at (724) 646-1124.


Tionesta Lake

WHEN: April 22 from 10 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Boat Launch parking lot

Spillway Road, Tionesta, PA 16353

Tionesta Lake staff and volunteers will build and assemble mossback fish structures. The structures provide shelter for smaller fish species and support the aquatic food chain while improving fishing opportunities for recreators. For questions, contact the Tionesta Lake office at (814) 755-3512.


Youghiogheny River Lake

WHEN: April 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Resource Manager’s Office

497 Flanigan Road, Confluence, PA 15424

Lake staff and volunteers will relocate trees to other areas across corps property with the intent to prepare the space to become a day-use area. For questions, contact the Youghiogheny River Lake office at (814) 395-3242.


In addition to these events, Pittsburgh District will participate in other Earth Day activities, including:

  • At Conemaugh River Lake in Saltsburg, staff and Greensburg Central Catholic students will assist with trail maintenance, install trail signs and assemble bat boxes across the reservoir property.
  • At Crooked Creek Lake in Ford City, reservoir staff will work with West Penn Power and public volunteers to plant tree saplings throughout the park.
  • At Stonewall Jackson Lake in Weston, West Virginia, Hodgesville Elementary School students will join Ranger Scott Hannah for an interpretive dam tour to learn how to take care of the planet from their own homes, such as litter, pollution and water conservation. Students will also learn how the Stonewall Jackson Lake dam’s engineering and water quality systems support the Nation.
  • Personnel from Tygart Lake will host an Earth Day booth at Grafton High school for the “Got Fish? Giants of Tygart!” event at 10 a.m. Students can learn about fish, environmental stewardship, and other aquatic species.


Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York. Our jurisdiction has more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood-control reservoirs, 42 local flood-protection projects and other projects to protect and enhance the Nation’s water resources, infrastructure and environment.

Know. Take. Wear. Know the waterways. Take a safety course. Wear your life jacket.       

For media inquiries, contact the Public Affairs Office at 412-395-7500 or email

For more information on Earth Day activities, and other district events visit:


Carol Vernon
412-713-4626 (cell)
412-395-7503 (fax)
1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Release no. 22-006

Chick Lock

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