Michael J. Kirwan Dam and Reservoir Seeks Public Review, Feedback

Published June 14, 2018

Who: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is revisiting the Michael J. Kirwan Dam and Reservoir Master Plan and is seeking feedback on the proposed changes to the management of the lake, resulting from public input last summer. The master plan, which the district updated late in 1982, will affect use of natural resources and recreational activities at Michael J. Kirwan Dam and Reservoir for the next 25 years. Pittsburgh District is inviting the public to comment on the revised 2018 Master Plan and associated Environmental Assessment via the Michael J. Kirwan Dam and Reservoir Master Plan website at https://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Lakes/Michael-J-Kirwan-Dam-Reservoir/Michael-J-Kirwan-Dam-and-Reservoir-Master-Plan/. The review period will end July 13, 2018.

Where: Members of the public can visit the Pittsburgh District homepage (http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/) and click on the master plan logo to learn more about the proposed changes, comment on the Environmental Assessment and Master Plan and share their perspective. Alternatively, they can go directly to https://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Lakes/Michael-J-Kirwan-Dam-Reservoir/Michael-J-Kirwan-Dam-and-Reservoir-Master-Plan/.  

When: Between Wednesday June 13 and Friday July 13.

Why: Public input is critical to the master plan update. The website will serve to collect feedback on the proposed management plan for Michael J. Kirwan Dam and Reservoir, inform the public about the master plan update process, and share the proposed master plan content as it’s been developed through discussions with Corps partners and public input. Please share your likes, dislikes, concerns or thoughts on the proposed path forward in the 2018 Michael J. Kirwan Dam and Reservoir Master Plan. The proposed revisions to the master plan will affect the management and usage of Mahoning Creek Lake for the next 25 years.

Changes in the Corps regulations and the community needs have necessitated a revision to the master plan. The 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.

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 plan does not address water management operations, associated prime facilities, i.e. dam, spillway or shoreline management, as separate documents outline those operations.

For additional information, please contact Heather Wood, (412) 395-7203 or



Carol E. Vernon
412.680.5904 (cell)
1000 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4186

Release no. 18-043