A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive
feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the
beholder measures the depth of his own nature.
~Henry David Thoreau
Located a few hundred yards south of Donaldson’s
Crossroads lays a unique aquatic treasure…Canonsburg Lake.
Now celebrating its 70th year, come and visit,
take a boat ride, enjoy some fishing, take a walk along
the shore or just sit and relax and take in a beautiful
sunset. It’s all here, almost in your backyard.
Now continue on to find out about the past, present and
future of this little gem.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS
The restoration project was initiated
by, and is overseen by the
Lake Restoration and Improvement Committee,
a small group of dedicated citizens, formed in 2000
to bring attention to, and find solutions for, the
deteriorating condition of the lake. The group is
currently working on implementing items identified
in the master site development plan which was
completed in 2007, in addition to fund-raising
efforts for the local match. The committee operates
under the auspices of the Chartiers Creek Watershed
Association, a member of the Washington County
County Watershed Alliance (WCWA) was
organized in 1998 to coordinate and enhance the
efforts of Washington County’s watershed groups.
Tax-deductible donations and grants for the
watershed groups and for Alliance projects are
deposited in the WCWA accounts. WCWA is a nonprofit
(501c-3) organization, incorporated in the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and registered with the
Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations.
The purpose of the
Chartiers Creek Watershed Association is to enhance, protect,
and develop the ecosystem of the watershed in
Washington County by undertaking activities to:
1)study the natural resources of the watershed; 2)
develop a program to improve and maintain the water
resources of the watershed; 3) promote local
interest in natural resource conservation; 4)
involve local support to correct problem conditions;
and 5) identify federal, state, and local programs
(financial, technical, and scientific) that would
benefit the watershed.
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Master Site plan- A Master
Site Plan has been created with funding from the PA Dept. of Conservation and
National Resources. This plan includes
the addition of walking paths, parking, lighting, kiosks, landscaping, foot
bridges, and a future park. Before these
recreational improvements can be initiated, and before resources could be
placed on improving and restoring the Lake itself, it was important to
stabilize Canonsburg Dam which was listed by the DEP as a high-hazard dam and
in need of repairs to meet current safety standards.
UPDATE ON CANONSBURG LAKE (1-21-15)
In progress: Chad Davis, project engineer for Baker Engineering, confirmed recently that applications for the necessary state and federal permits have been made. When approved, construction of the weir on Little Chartiers Creek where is enters the lake can begin. This structure is essential to help control sedimentation of the lake in the future.
The Save Canonsburg Lake Committee is also proceeding with grant applications and other fund-raising to secure the remaining money needed for the project.
Canonsburg Lake Restoration &
“Save Canonsburg Lake”