Shenango Reservoir celebrates 50 years

Above the Shenango dam. Sept. 26, 2015
Two people check the view over top of the Shenango River Lake dam in Hermitage. Sept. 26, 2015

HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – It does a lot, but nobody ever gets to look at it up close. The Shenango River Lake Dam in Hermitage has been providing flood control and recreational opportunities to the Shenango Valley for 50 years.

Saturday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invited the public for an open house. People had the chance to get a close-up view of the dam they normally don’t get.

Resource manager at the reservoir John Kolodziejski says Congress authorized the dam with the Flood Control Act of 1938, but funding didn’t come until 20-plus years later. Construction started in 1962 and took three years.

According to Kolodziejski, “Typically this section of the dam is not open to the public because of security reasons. We’re glad we could open them up today so people could enjoy them.”

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