Kinzua Dam on Allegheny River Changed Life For The Seneca People

“The Kinzua Dam, which protects Pittsburgh from flooding and pollution, came at a steep price for the Seneca Nation of Indians.”

“Looking upstream, the Kinzua Dam seems to protrude brusquely from the Allegheny River.

Nestled securely between the rolling hills of Warren County, Pennsylvania, the dam holds the river back. Behind it, the resulting Allegheny Reservoir stretches 27 miles long and 120 feet deep.

The Pittsburgh District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers completed construction of the Kinzua Dam in 1965 and manages it to this day. In 1936, Congress authorized the building of the dam as part of a system of reservoirs on the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers.”

Maria Diaz-Gonzalez reports for Environmental Health News January 30, 2020.