Kinzua Master Plan Update

Authorized by the Flood Control Acts of 1936 and 1938, Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir is one of 16 flood control projects in the Pittsburgh District. The project reduces potential flooding of Warren, PA., from Allegheny River flooding, and in conjunction with other projects in the District, substantially reduced flooding in the Allegheny and upper Ohio River Valleys. Since its completion in 1965, Kinzua has prevented flood damages estimated to be in excess of $1.2 billion.

The reservoir also provides water to be released during dry periods. These releases have the effect of reducing pollution and improving the quality and quantity of water for domestic, industrial and recreation uses. Flow regulation also helps to maintain navigable depths for commercial traffic on the Allegheny and upper Ohio Rivers.

Another benefit of the Kinzua project is hydroelectric power. The Seneca Power Generation Plant which is operated by a private company, has a peak capacity of 400,000 kilowatts per hour. The Big Bend Visitor Center contains displays which illustrate the hydroelectric process.

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Progress Update

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, is revising the Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir Master Plan which guides the management of government owned and leased lands around the reservoir and use of the waters within. This Master Plan will influence future use of natural resources and recreational activities at Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir for the next 25 years.


Why Revise The Master Plan?

The original Master Plan was last updated 42 years ago and does not accurately reflect current conditions at the reservoir. Changes in Corps regulations and community needs necessitate a revision to this Master Plan. The Master Plan revision will classify the government lands around the reservoir based on environmental and socioeconomic considerations, public input and an evaluation of past, present, and forecasted recreation trends. This update seeks to balance recreational development and use with the goal of conservation of natural and cultural resources.

Scope of Kinzua Master Plan


Conserve the resources of the reservoir within the current policies and guidelines of the Corps of Engineers

Accommodate current and projected use patterns with maximum efficiency

Identify and protect cultural and natural resources

Attract maximum participation by the general public and local government







Public Input

This is your opportunity to let the Corps know how you would like the reservoir to be managed in the future. The planning process will include an analysis of potential effects of any proposed changes to the Master Plan on the natural and social environment, including: fish and wildlife, cultural and historic resources, recreational opportunities, economics, land use and public health and safety.