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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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 .
Canonsburg Lake Restoration &
“Save Canonsburg Lake”