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.
floyd2 on Thursday July 26, 2018 7:25 pm
In 2004, a survey and series of town hall meetings were conducted to determine how the public would like to use the lake and what improvements they would like to see. A Master Plan (this should be a link, but I don't have that file. I'm trying to get that from Carole or Debra.) was developed using this public input. The most common feedback received was that people would like to see the lake remain primarily a natural environment. The improvements that were most often requested were benches, restrooms, and trails around the lake. One goal of the trails would be a way for fishermen to access the deeper section of the lake on the north side. All trails will be dirt, like the existing trails, to maintain the natural feel of the lake. While we work towards our primary goal of raising the funds necessary to dredge the lake we are working to maintain the lake, hosting annual clean ups, and making what progress we can towards our goal of a healthy, sustainable lake environment.
floyd2 on Thursday July 26, 2018 7:19 pm
Right now our primary goal is to raise $3 million to dredge
a portion of Canonsburg Lake to remove accumulated sediment. By dredging the
lake from the causeway bridge upstream, we will improve the habitat and expand
the areas of the lake useful for recreation. Over time all manmade lakes
require dredging to remove sediment if they are to remain a lake, and
Canonsburg Lake has never been dredged in its 75 years of existence. During
this time, this area has experienced significant building growth and numerous
destructive storms depositing sediment and debris. By installing a weir in
2016, we have provided a collection point for some of the sediment and debris
carried into Canonsburg Lake from Little Chartiers Creek. However, we still
have decades worth of sediment that needs to be removed.
removal will allow us to boat, fish, and enjoy the beauty of the lake for
generations to come.
we are primarily focused on raising money to cover the cost of dredging, we
continue to work on ways to improve visitors’ experience at Canonsburg, such
minimizing debris washing up in parking lot and improving maintenance of the
of March 2018, we have raised about 10% of our goal. To reach our goal we need
your help; you can help by donating, coming to our events, sharing our information, coming up with ideas for
fundraisers, and volunteering .
floyd2 on Thursday July 26, 2018 6:58 pm
By far the most important accomplishment has been raising
over $1.7 million over the past 15 years. We have received funding from
both the Peters and North Strabane Townships, the Peters Rotary Club, the
Peters Township Garden club, Local Shares of Gaming Funds and the generous
support from individual donors who value and support the Lake. Last
but not least are the yearly tent sales where ball caps, T shirts, etc., are
sold by committee members in an effort to raise money and community awareness.
Credit is shared with support of the PFBC and the Washington County
2007, courtesy of a Growing Greener Funds grant from the Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), we completed a major site plan
detailing intended improvements to the Lake including walking trails, picnic
areas, 2nd boat launch, restrooms, improved lighting and parking, and a
Wetlands Interpretation Center to be realized once the Lake is “Saved”.
2012, Canonsburg Lake Dam was stabilized and brought up to code at a cost of
approximately $3 million as a result of maintained pressure by the public on
local representitives. Now that the Dam was stabilized attention shifted
to consider what was needed to improve the Lake.
2014 the townships and our county commissioners supported efforts to identify a
company to construct a weir upstream to catch upstream sediment and
debris. This is an essential next step before any dredging can
begin. The scope of the work would involve creating an access road on the
North Strabane side of the Lake for the PFBC and the contractor to mobilize
equipment they would need. Bids were solicited and the firm to complete
the work was selected. The work was completed in 2016 at a cost of
($2million). Unfortunately funds appropriated for the work were
inadequate to allow for any dredging.
(2018) ongoing efforts to raise money to begin dredging have begun. This
is an expensive undertaking and all money must be secured before any dredging
with the Peter’s Township Girl Scouts to install benches around the lake.
with an Eagle Scout to build a walkway bridge on the North Strabane side that
crosses a wet stream-fed gulley. An Eagle Scout also improved a
walking trail from the mail parking lot to the dam.
a footbridge and informational Kiosk
the help of North Strabane township, Japanese knotweed was removed
allowing more access for fisherman to the Lake. Additionally, all fallen
trees were removed, debris cleared, and the area sprayed to minimize
annually with students from the Environmental Club at both Peters Township High
School (PTHS) and Canon-MacMillan High School (CMHS) to participate in clean
up, water safety education, and canoeing.
over the past several years three major fund raising events at restaurants
around or near the Lake who benefit from their customers enjoying Lake side
dining: Bruschetta’s (now Mad Max), Juniper Grill, and Atrias. These
restaurants hosted the events, providing appetizers and wine. Proceeds
from these events were donated to “Save the Lake” efforts.
a dumpster on the North Strabane side
These accomplishments could not have been accomplished
without the support of several agencies who share the same vision for water
safety and quality in Washington County.
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Canonsburg Lake Restoration &
“Save Canonsburg Lake”