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The Canonsburg Lake Restoration & Improvement Association (CLRI) is a non-profit organization with a mission to raise funds from both private and public sources. The CLRI Association will utilize those funds to restore and improve Canonsburg Lake as a recreational resource for outdoor enthusiasts, including fishermen, water-sport fans, hikers, birdwatchers, and cross country skiers. In order to accomplish this purpose, we shall restore the lake as a viable aquatic habitat and improve the surrounding shoreline with trails and parks. 

The Canonsburg Lake Restoration & Improvement Association was formed to harness the energy and enthusiasm to meet this urgent need.   Progress has been made to restore and improve Canonsburg Lake, but there is still more work to be done.  Without intervention, the lake will continue to decline and the surrounding community and the entire SW PA will lose a valuable regional asset. 

We are local residents, like you. Some of us live near the lake; some of us boat; some of us fish, but all of us cherish the lake and want to see it preserved for future generations.

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Our lake needs your help! 

It needs your energy and enthusiasm. 

No matter where your talents lie, you can help. 

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Related Organizations

The Washington 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 (CCWA) 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
  5. identify federal, state, and local programs (financial, technical, and scientific) that would benefit the watershed. 

A watershed is an area of land in which all water sources flow into a common body of water. Watersheds form naturally by the topography of an area. Canonsburg Lake lies within the Chartiers Creek Watershed and the stream that feeds into it is the Little Chartiers Creek. The Chartiers Creek and Little Chartiers Creek waterways meet just below the Canonsburg Lake Dam. 

Combined these watersheds represent the largest of the 15 watersheds in Washington County. Smaller watersheds are part of larger watersheds which in turn are part of an even larger one. What happens in one watershed effects water quality on a much larger scale. Washington County watersheds are part of the Ohio River watershed. The Chartiers Creek Watershed and the streams that feed the Little Chartiers Creek have the designation of being a high quality watershed supporting healthy fish and other organisms that live in water. Both watersheds flow northwest into the Ohio River at McKees Rocks, PA.

The Washington County Conservation District functions to provide community outreach and education and to assess and improve water quality. 


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