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Current Pittsburgh District Revisions

What is a Master Plan?

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 Master Plan?

The Pittsburgh District is currently reviewing their Master Plans to determine whether updates are necessary. This review and update process will take place over the next few years. Many of the current Master Plan were developed more than 40 years ago and some have become outdated. Changes in Corps regulations and community needs are taken into consideration when deciding whether a Master Plan revision is necessary. A 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. Updates are stewardship-driven and seek to balance recreational development and use with the goal of conservation of natural and cultural resources.

Why does this matter to me?

The Master Plans are intended to be guided by expressed public interests consistent with authorized project purposes. Public needs and desires will also help to shape the management and resources objectives of the projects. Therefore, you as a member of the public, whether a local business, recreational user, local interest group member, or project partner, are encouraged to let us know your interests in the project so that we can update the Master Plan to support your needs and interests.

What can I do with a Master Plan?

All Operations and Maintenance grants, general plans, agreements, etc. necessary to carry out land use, development and other measures proposed in project authorization documents, project design memoranda, master plans are reflected in the project NEPA documents.


A master plan provides a set of recommended actions (e.g. trail extension, development of equestrian area, leasing, concessions, etc.). Recommended actions included in the master plan are quicker and easier to carry out.  In essence, a master plan provides pre-approval for future actions under the assumption that they have already been analyzed and found to be appropriate for Federal land.

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