Be a Part of the Solution to Raystown Lake Pollution!

USACE, Baltimore District
Published April 30, 2024

The Friends of Raystown Lake and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are calling on volunteers to participate in a shoreline cleanup at Raystown Lake during the annual Lake Cleanup Day, scheduled for Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tatman Run Recreation Area (rain or shine).

Each year, volunteers remove around 2,000 pounds of trash from the shoreline to enhance the health and beauty of our important water resource. Flooding this spring caused a significant build-up of debris on the shoreline, so we’re excited to get out there and remove it!

“Lake Cleanup Day is a simple and effective opportunity for families, civic groups, scouts, students and individuals to volunteer and show support for their community and Raystown Lake,” said Jude Harrington, Raystown Lake Project Manager.

Volunteers will be provided gloves, bags and will be treated to breakfast and lunch. To reduce the use of plastic at the cleanup site, volunteers are encouraged to bring a bucket or reusable bag, and a reusable water bottle. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, a hat, and sunscreen and should be prepared to work outside.

USACE is especially in need of volunteer boats and operators to transport volunteers and bags of trash that will be collected. All interested volunteers should contact park ranger Jenna Conner at (814) 658-6811, or by e-mail at to register and receive additional information.

Jenna Conner, Park Ranger Raystown Lake Project
(814) 658-6811

Release no. 24-009