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On the Cover First Reponders perform rescue training at East Branch Lake (Photo by Kim Warner, East Branch Lake )


Colonel Lloyd takes command of district during ceremony By Carol E. Davis, PAO

of various equipment like a helmet, ballistic vest or other important gear you The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers need as a Soldier,” Lloyd said. “But the good news is -- I was issued my very Pittsburgh District held its change of own Terrible Towel. Although, I am a command ceremony at the Soldiers devoted Bills fan, I will ensure that I’ll and Sailors Museum in Pittsburgh, always root for the Pirates, Penguins Pa., July 29. and Steelers – except for the one time a With pomp and circumstance, Col. year that they play Buffalo.” John P. Lloyd assumed the command Lloyd when on to thank Col. Lindas the 53rd district engineer from Col. strom and his wife for making his famBernard R. Lindstrom. ily feel at home in Pittsburgh Lloyd arrived at the district from the first night of their after the completion of the arrival. National Security program at “Bernie and I have never the Canadian Forces College. served together,” he said. Prior to that, he served in a “But, like true Army famivariety of engineer command lies, they gave us a top-notch and leadership positions inwelcome, and went above and cluding battalion commander th beyond to make Pittsburgh of the 19 Engineer Battalion home. My family and I are at Fort Knox, Ky. Col. John Lloyd incredibly proud to join the Maj. Gen. Donald E. (Ed) Pittsburgh District family and call the Jackson, Jr., deputy commanding genPittsburgh community our home.” eral for Civil and Emergency Opera“Pittsburgh District has its chaltions, presided over the time-honored lenges – crumbling concrete and ceremony. In a traditional act that is aging infrastructure,” Lindstrom said. rooted in military history dating back “But, this group of people meets those to the 18th century, Jackson passed the command flag from Lindstrom to Lloyd challenges every day with innovative to symbolize the transfer of responsibil- thinking and creative solutions, and I’m so proud to have been able to work ity from one commander to another. with them. They are the heart and soul As the new commander, Lloyd of the river and this district.” passed the flag to Lenna Hawkins, Jackson commented that he underdeputy district engineer. This gesture represents the seamless integration of stood it was difficult for the district to lose a great commander, but he assured the military and civilian team within everyone that Col. Lloyd was the right the district. man for the job. “In my short time that I have been “John brings a wealth of experience, here, my assessment is that the men a passion for excellence and a love for and women of the Pittsburgh District the mission and people of the Corps are simply amazing in every way,” of Engineers,” Jackson said. “There is Lloyd said. simply no better officer to take over “I will say this is the first assigncommand of the Pittsburgh District ment where I did not have to go to the Central Issue Facility to receive an issue than John Lloyd.”

In this Issue

Page 4 - Incoming, Outgoing commanders visit East Branch Lake Page 5 - Loyalhanna Lake celebrates Water Recreation Day Page 8 - Shenango Lake rocks Summerfest Page 11 - Mahoning Creek Lake celebrates 75 years

Shenango Lake looking to improve pollinator habitat Kyle Kraynak, Park Ranger, Shenango Lake

Lake partnered with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to install a half-acre pollinator plot at Mahaney Recreation Summertime in the United Area, a highly utilized recreStates means fireworks, parades, ation area at the project. family get-togethers and cook This was a cost-sharing outs. There is nothing more effort as the PA Game ComAmerican than baseball and apple mission donated oats that pie so goes the saying. When you would serve as a cover crop reach for that apple pie, blueof the native seeds and also berry cobbler, lemonade or fresh their equipment for planting. cucumbers, do you realize the The Corps of Engineers projeopardy these and many other vided the native wildflower fruits and vegetables face? and grass mix and prepped According to the New York Pollinator seed mixed with oats that will serve as a cover the site by controlling weeds Times, on a global scale 35 crop for the wild flower seed mix. that would compete with the percent of the crop production Pollinators. This policy directs federal flowers. depend on pollinators with a value agencies to develop plans to enhance The pollinator plot is in view of the of as much as $577 billion a year. pollinator habitats. public and serves as an education area Pollinators include: honey bees, Section 3 of the memorandum, as well. butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, Increasing and Improving Pollinator The pollinator plot consists of birds and bats. However many of these Habitat, states the U.S. Army Corps of re-purposed mowed “green space”. species are experiencing alarming Instead of mowing the half acre site declines in their populations according Engineers shall incorporate conservation practices for pollinator habitat weekly and releasing more CO2 into to studies conducted by the Natural improvement on the 12 million acres the atmosphere, the decision to plant Resource Defense Council. One study of lands and waters at resource develthe pollinator plot was made. The site showed that since 1990 more than 25 opment projects across the country, was prepped and planted and currently percent of colony honey bees in the as appropriate. USACE served on the is blooming with numerous species United States have died off. White House Task Forces for Poland varieties of native grasses, flowers The current administration’s stratlinator Health and contributed to the and plants. egy to combat this decline is outlined development of various components of Plans are under way to expand in the Presidential Memorandum Crethe strategy. this activity in the spring of 2017 at ating a Federal Strategy to Promote In the spring of 2016, Shenango Shenango Lake. the Health of Honey Bees and Other


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