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Corps recreation projects host programs, volunteers for Earth Day

Published April 8, 2013



Crooked Creek will be co-hosting a clean-up with a few local Lions groups on Saturday. April 20. Everyone is to meet at the Park Office at 9:30 a.m., for sign-in and a safety briefing. People are asked to wear sturdy, closed toe shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather. The activities should wrap up before 1 p.m. Please call the Crooked Creek Lake office at (724) 763-3161 with questions.



Shenango staff will be attending the 2013 Earth Fest at the Penn State Shenango Campus. A ranger from Shenango and a Water Quality Specialist from the Pittsburgh District Office will answer questions about water quality, fishing opportunities, and Corps recreation.  Our display will highlight common fish found in the Shenango River (about one block from the campus), and we'll also promote water safety. The Earth Fest features educational programs, activities for children and families, live music, an artists’ market, a computer equipment recycling drive, and information on environmentally-conscious local businesses and organizations.  The event is April 13, noon to 5 p.m., at 147 Shenango Avenue, Sharon, Pa. Contact Ranger Jason Cote, (724) 646-1124, for more information.




On April 20, Shenango  will also have their annual litter cleanup in conjunction with PennDOT's "Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful" Day. PennDOT usually provides garbage bags and gloves, and volunteers pick up trash in Corps access areas.  Volunteers can meet at ranger station at 9:30 a.m. Contact Ranger Hank Sallmen, (724) 646-1124, for more information




Are you looking for an Earth Day project?  Are you a frequent visitor to Tionesta Lake or a boater or lakeshore camper who wants to help clean the areas that you use?  Or are you just someone that is looking for an opportunity to give back by volunteering?  Please consider joining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tionesta Lake’s 2013 Lake and Shoreline Clean-up on Saturday, May 4, rain or shine.

     Individuals and Scout and other groups are welcome!  Please plan to meet to register between 8:30 and 9 a.m., at the Tionesta Lake Boat Launch parking lot.  Work crews will disburse from there, some by boat and some on land to nearby park areas.  

     For maximum safety, volunteers must wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, long sleeve shirts, hats and rain/cold weather gear.  Gloves, safety vests and trash bags will be provided.  Please bring your own drinking water and snacks.

     The clean-up will continue until 1p.m.  For additional information, please call the Tionesta Lake office at (814) 755-3512, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.



Tionesta staff will also participate in the Earth Day Program and Display at Polk Center in Polk, Pa.  The event attracts many hundreds of school aged children.  And will be on April 18, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information, please call the Tionesta Lake office at (814) 755-3512, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.




Tygart Lake, Grafton, W. Va., in cooperation with the Save the Tygart Watershed Association and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, will be hosting its annual shoreline cleanup project on April 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tygart Lake is subject to frequent changes in water levels and receives large amounts of incoming debris during high water. Volunteers will help remove debris that is left on the shoreline after high water events. Volunteers are encouraged to wear high top shoes or boots, long pants, and a shirt. Work gloves are also suggested. Due to Tygart Lake’s rugged shoreline, volunteers will be riding on a pontoon boat to the cleanup site. Life jackets will be available and must be worn while on the boat.  For more information or questions regarding the Shoreline Cleanup Project call the Tygart Lake Office at 304-265-1760, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Allegheny National Forest is once again organizing the popular shoreline clean-up of the Allegheny Reservoir on Saturday, May 11. Pre-registration is requested at (814) 728-6163, and will be accepted until Friday, May 3. Volunteers are to meet at the Red Bridge Campground on State Rt. 321 by 8:30 a.m.  Volunteers should dress for the weather as the clean-up will be held rain or shine.  The work should be completed by 4 p.m.

Pre-registration will also be accepted by email at  Organized volunteer groups, such as Boy and Girl Scouts, and individual volunteers are encouraged to pre-register and plan a day of fun while cleaning up the reservoir and protecting the environment.  All volunteers must sign a volunteer agreement.  Parental consent and adult supervision is required for any person under the age of 18.  All volunteers need to bring a lunch, drinking water, and gloves, and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots. (This is a U.S. Forest Service sponsored event. Please use contact information in this section.)


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