What is a Master Plan? A master plan is the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of recreation, natural and cultural resources at Corps reservoirs now and into the future. The master plan is a land use management document and does not address water management operations, associated prime facilities (dam, spillway etc.), or shoreline management as those operations are outlined in separate documents. After a master plan is revised, the operational management plan and shoreline management plan would both be revised to be consistent with the goals identified in the master plan.
Why Update the Loyalhanna Lake and Conemaugh River Lake Master Plan? The original Master Plans for Loyalhanna Lake and Conemaugh River Lake are dated 1950 and 1952 respectively. Changes in Corps regulations and community needs necessitate a revision to these master plans. Because these lakes are operated jointly as a storage system providing flood risk management downstream and share a park manager their master plans were combined. The master plan revision will classify the government lands around the lake based on environmental and socioeconomic considerations, public input, and an evaluation of past, present, and forecasted trends.
This master plan update is stewardship-driven and seeks to balance recreational development and use with the goal of conservation of natural and cultural resources. The Loyalhanna Lake and Conemaugh River Lake Master Plan Revision main objectives are:
Improve and modernize day use and campground facilities through addition of amenities
Expand opportunities for low density recreation: hiking, birding, hunting, and fishing
Seek opportunities to expand connections to rail-to-trail systems
Seek opportunities to provide additional access sites for kayaks, electric motor watercraft and other vessels
Avoid excess sedimentation at boat launches
What previous opportunities have there been for comment? Pittsburgh District held Initial Public Scoping Meetings in Summer 2015. Since then, we've incorporated the feedback received into the Updated Master Plan you're reviewing today. Click below to see the presentation and press release from that event.
Presentation: Master Plan Revision