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The Pittsburgh District Public Affairs Office interacts with representatives of the media as a resource providing information regarding what the Corps of Engineers does for the region, expert commentary in an array of engineering fields for local issues, and general knowledge.

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Latest News Releases

Corps announces fourth annual Eagle Fest at Shenango River Lake
1/9/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, in partnership with the Shenango River Watchers, will host the fourth annual Eagle Fest at Shenango River Lake, Jan. 13. Click here to read the full release.
Army Corps to collect Christmas trees at Woodcock Creek Lake
12/22/2023
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District will begin accepting live evergreen Christmas trees at Woodcock Creek Lake, which will be used for aquatic habitat improvement projects, beginning Dec. 27. Click here to read the full release.
Army Corps to collect Christmas trees at Tionesta Lake
12/20/2023
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District will begin accepting live evergreen Christmas trees at Tionesta Lake, which will be used for aquatic habitat-improvement projects, beginning Dec. 26. Click here to read the full release.

District Videos

Video by Michel Sauret
Pittsburgh District opens up crest gates to release water from Conemaugh Dam
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District
April 5, 2024 | 1:42
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District opened four crest gates at the Conemaugh Dam from April 4 through April 6 to release between 9,800 and 19,000 cubic feet of water per second in Clarksburg, Pennsylvania. Although the release will include a large amount of water, it is well within the dam’s and downstream channel’s capacity. The downstream channel can handle a water flow of up to 28,000 cubic feet per second.

Conducting a crest gate operation does not constitute an emergency. It is a normal part of the Pittsburgh District’s operations during high water events following heavy rain. It is nothing to be concerned about.

Conemaugh River Lake plays a crucial role in flood control and navigation. It works with the nearby Loyalhanna Lake Dam to manage water flow into the Kiskiminetas and Allegheny Rivers. The Conemaugh Reservoir's capacity to hold water was near full, so it was necessary to release water to make room for more rain in the future. Since 1952, the Conemaugh Reservoir has prevented $8.8 billion in flood damages downstream.

(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District video by Michel Sauret)
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