This weekend, while in Addison, Pennsylvania, my friends and I drove to see the Youghiogheny River Dam right outside of Confluence, Pennsylvania. While the day was cloudy, we were still able to see the structure of the dam—rolled earth fill with impervious core. The dam was built in 1943 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as one of sixteen flood control projects in the Pittsburgh area. I was interested to learn that the dam is also important in helping dilute pollutants before they reach other rivers in the region by increased water movement. Here’s an aerial view of the dam:
Photo courtesy of: http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/rec/lakes/youghiog.htm#stats
Here’s some photos from my trip:
If you’re interested in visiting the Youghiogheny River Lake & Dam there’s lots of outdoor activities in the area, such as swimming, camping, fising, hiking trails, boating and much more.