Welcome to the Lancaster County Watershed Website!
This site is designed to promote and foster watershed protection efforts throughout Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Watershed Volunteer Events
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Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants (Pre-Proposal deadline February 28, 2020)
The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership, is soliciting proposals to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. NFWF is soliciting proposals under the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants (INSR) program to accelerate the rate and scale of water quality improvements specifically through the coordinated and collaborative efforts of sustainable regional-scale partnerships in implementing proven water quality improvement practices more cost-effectively. Projects proposing to implement water quality improvement projects or practices at the pilot or demonstration scale, through ad-hoc project-scale partnerships, or via small-scale applications of new or innovative technologies are encourages to apply for funding through the separate Small Watershed Grants (SWG) program. A pre-proposal deadline of February 28th has been created for the INSR grant with a May 1st full-proposal deadline after that. For more information on the INSR grant opportunity please visit the NFWF website. www.nfwf.org.
Community Conservation Partnership Program Grants (deadline April 22,2020)
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will soon be opening up the application period for their Community Conservation Partnership Program Grants (C2P2). These grants are intended for recreation, conservation, riparian buffer, trail, and community based projects. Prior to the grants opening up on January 15, 2020 DCNR is having grant applicant workshops for those thinking of applying for these funds. The local grant workshop will be held on November 14th in Camp Hill. For more information on the grant wkp. or for a grant package visit the DCNR website, www.dcnr.pa.gov. Grant deadline is April, 22, 2020.
Riparian Forest Buffer Grants Program (deadline April 22, 2020)
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will be begin accepting applications to support the installation of Riparian Forest Buffers on January 15th. Eligible activities include: landowner outreach, buffer design, site preparation and buffer installation, plant materials and tree shelters, and short-term maintenance (within the 4-year grant period). Projects can propose conventional or multifunctional (income-producing) riparian buffers. Applicants are strongly encouraged to implement an average buffer width of at least 35 feet. Applicants who undertake a buffer project must be willing to enter into a landowner agreement with each participating landowner for a minimum of 25 years. Applications are due April 22nd. For more information on this grant program visit the DCNR website, www.brcgrants.dcnr.pa.gov.
Commonwealth Financing Authority Act 13 Grants (deadline May 31, 2020)
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) is now accepting grant applications for their Act 13 funding. The funds are generated through impact fees paid by natural gas drillers. Funds can be used for Watershed Restoration projects, Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment, Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging Program, Baseline Water Quality Data, Sewage Facilities Program, Flood Mitigation projects, or Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program. Grants are due by May 31, 2020. For more information visit the CCFA website (www.dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/)
Embrace-A-Stream (EAS Program (rolling deadline)
Embrace-A-Stream (EAS) is a matching grant program administered by Trout Unlimited chapters and councils for coldwater fisheries conservation. Projects funded include; on-the-ground restoration/protection/conservation project, education/outreach, applied research, advocacy efforts, and feasibility studies. This grant has a rolling deadline. For more information, visit http://www.tu.org/conservation/watershed-restoration-home-rivers-initiative/embrace-a-stream