Welcome to the Lancaster County Watershed Website!
This site is designed to promote and foster watershed protection efforts throughout Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
- Susquehanna Riverside Cleanup Event - Saturday, April 11th from 9AM to noon at Chiques Rock County Park Area (volunteers should meet at the Wrightsville Riverfront Park in York County) Greening the Lower Susquehanna is cosponsoring a riverside cleanup event. Volunteers will meet at the Wrightsville Riverfront Park in York County and then carpool with supplies over to the Chiques Cr. Park are in Lancaster County. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and dress appropriately for walking off the trails. Once volunteers are finished they will be carpooled back to York County where lunch will be provided. For more information or to register email Kate Austin.
- Friends of Fishing Creek Watershed Association Annual Spring Cleanup Event - Saturday, April 18th from 8 to 11AM at various locations within the Fishing Cr. Watershed (volunteers will met at the Drumore Twp. Bldg, Furniss Rd.). Want to celebrate Earth Day and live in the Southern end of Lancaster County? Consider joining volunteers from the Friends of Fishing Cr. group as the scour the roads, hillsides, and stream banks of the Fishing Cr. watershed looking for trash and debris to pick up. Volunteers are given safety vest, gloves, and trash bags. You just need to bring your willingness to help the environment. Bring the whole family to this great event.
- Cocalico Creek Watershed Association Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Event - Saturday, April 25th from 9 to 11AM at the PA Game Commission Parking area off Cocalico Cr. Rd. and Route 897 (Reinholds.) Looking to pitch in around Earth Day and cleanup an adjacent roadside area in a neat watershed, consider volunteering at the Cocalico Cr. Watershed Association's Adopt-A-Highway event. Volunteers will be given safety vests, gloves, and trash bags to assist. Please note this is not a family event because of the close proximity to a major roadway.
- Conestoga River Cleanup Event - Saturday, May 9th from 9AM to Noon at Conestoga Pine Park (off Pitney Rd., Lancaster) Join some local volunteers as they cleanup Lancaster largest waterway the Conestoga River. Volunteers will be picking up trash along the banks of the river so please dress for wet and dirty conditions. Volunteers will be given trash bags and gloves. If you are interested in participating in this event or have further question contact Jordan Good.
- Hershey Meadows Tree Planting Event - Saturday, May 9th from 9 to 11AM at Hershey Meadows Stream Project (Conewago Rail-Trial and Route 743 intersection, Elizabtehtown) Join members of the Tri-County Conewago Creek Association as they plant over 300 trees on recently completed stream project. The site was planted in the past by volunteers so this planting would be a supplemental planting and a chance to see what the fruits of your labor will turn into in a few years. For more information or to register email Jennifer Fetter.
- Youth 'Capture the Creek" Photography Contest - Entry Deadline is May 31st The Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance is once again holding a youth photography contest as a way to promote public awareness and to showcase photos that capture the beauty, vitality and importance of the Chiques Creek Watershed. Children from kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to submit entries for this contest and several very nice prizes will be given away to photo winners. For more information for you or your child and how they can participate in this event download the Photo Contest Rules.
- Great America Cleanup of PA - Runs from March 1st through May 31st at various statewide locations Join over 4 million volunteers in the nation's largest annual community improvement program. Get involved in your community and register an event today! Registered events receive FREE cleanup supplies such as bags, gloves, and safety vests. Registered groups could also qualify for reduced or donated disposal of trash collected during the event. To register your event visit the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania website or call Michelle Dunn at (877) 772-3673 ext. 113
EVENTS & MEETINGS
- Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, April 15th at 5:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Donegal Trout Unlimited Meeting
Wednesday, April 15th at 7PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Meeting
Monday, April 20th at 7PM at Donegal Presbyterian Church (Donegal Springs Rd., Mount Joy)
- Lancaster Native Plant & Wildlife Festival - Saturday, April 25th from 9AM to 4PM at Overlook park (Fruitville Pk., Lancaster) Come check out this family friendly educational event that has something for everyone. Throughout the Festival folks can checkout local vendors and displays ranging from a host of topics. Participants can purchase native plants at the plant exchange. Or if you want to learn there will be speakers at the Manheim Township Library all day talking on a host of environmental subjects. Bottom line is that if you cannot find something that interest you at the Festival it is your own fault because there is a lot to see and to. For more information download the Festival Poster.
- Donegal Trout Unlimited Ladies Coldwater Conservation Breakfast - Saturday, April 25th from 8:30AM-12:30PM at the Millport Conservancy (Millport Rd., Lititz) This FREE event is open to ladies, daughters, granddaughters to learn about coldwater conservation efforts here in Lancaster County. FREE fly-fishing demos will also be provided to attendees. For more information or to register download the Event poster.
- Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Meeting
Tuesday, April 28th at 4PM at the Rock Lititz Campus (Lititz)
- Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Meeting
Wednesday, April 29th at 7PM at the Conewago Township Bldg. (Hershey)
- Rain Barrel Seminar - Saturday, May 2nd from 9 to 11AM at Elizabethtown Water Authority (Elizabethtown) Learn about rain barrels, rain gardens, native plants, and more at this educational event. Space is limited! You can also order a rain barrel at a discounted price, orders must be placed by April 20. Contact Michele Powl (717) 367-7448 to register or for more information.
- Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Earth Day Event - Saturday, May 2nd from Noon to 4PM at Aberdeen Mills (2405 Mill Rd., Elizabethtown) A great afternoon of creekside educational activities along the Conewago Creek including live animal, presentations by ZooAmerica, a fish shocking demonstration by Lancaster County Conservation District, visits with the farm animals, and much more. Refreshment will also be available all day. Bring the whole family and create a great Earth Day memory.
- Cocalico Creek Watershed Association Meeting
Monday, May 4th at 7PM at the Cocalico Sportsman Building (Sportsman Rd., Reinholds)
- Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 6th at 3PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, May 6th at 7PM at the Rapho Township Bldg. (Colebrook Rd., Manheim)
- Lancaster County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 6th at 7:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- FISH Workshop - Monday, May 11th from 5 to 7PM at Rohrer Farm (509A Paradise Ln., Paradise) First Investigation of Stream Health (FISH) is a citizen science based water monitoring program. The training is for folks interested in being one of these citizen scientists and monitoring stream restoration sites for signs of improving water and habitat. This is a comprehensive program but easy enough that those without a science background can handle. For more information or to register download the Workshop Flyer.
- Water Quality Volunteer Coalition Meeting
Wednesday, May 13th at 2:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Friends of Fishing Creek Meeting
Thursday, May 14th at 7PM at Drumore Park (Furniss Rd., Drumore)
- Pequea Creek Watershed Association Meeting
Tuesday, June 2nd at 7PM at the Providence Township Building (Mount Airy Rd.)
- Octoraro Watershed Association Meeting
Tuesday, June 2nd at 7PM at the OWA Bldg. (517 Pine Grove Rd., Nottingham)
- Millcreek Preservation Association Meeting
Tuesday, June 9th at 2:30PM at the Ressler Mill Carriage House (intersection of Stumptown Rd. & Route 772, Mascot)
- Donegal Trout Unlimited Fish & Golf Tournament - Thursday, June 11th from 5:30AM to noon at Foxchase Golf Club (Denver) Come out and support a great annual fund-raiser for local coldwater streams throughout Lancaster County. This annual event regularly draws a bunch of people that want to help local water resources. Attendees to the event get to fish, golf with a partner, enjoy two meals (breakfast and lunch), and help out local coldwater streams. All proceeds stay here in Lancaster County to solve water resource needs here at home. For more information or to register visit the Donegal TU web page and come help a great cause.
TIMELY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) Grant Program is now open. DCNR's C2P2 Grant Program encourages applications that advance local conservation and recreation vision and those that implement Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Projects C2P2 could fund should focus on Community Park Major Renovation and Rehabilitation Projects, Land Conservation, Rivers Conservation Plan Implementation, Trails, and Recreational Partnership Projects. The deadline to apply for C2P2 funding is April 16th. For additional information download the C2P2 Guidelines.
- National Fish & Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) Technical Capacity Grants Program now open. NFWF in partnership with EPA, is soliciting applications from approved NFWF Technical Assistance Providers ("eligible applicants") to provide technical services on behalf of local governments, nonprofit organizations, and conservation districts ("eligible beneficiaries") for projects that enhance local capacity to more efficiently and effectively restore the habitats and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Eligible beneficiaries interested in receiving technical capacity assistance through this program are encouraged to consult NFWF current list of eligible applicants which list the expertise, geographic service area, and contact information for approved NFWF Technical Assistance Providers. Applications may only be submitted by eligible applicants and must list and document the support of at least one eligible beneficiary. Deadline for certain program areas are as follows; for Restoration and Community Stewardship Projects proposals are due April 16th, and for Stormwater Management Projects proposals are due September 17th. For more information on any of these program areas visit the NFWF website.
- Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP) now open. Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for watershed restoration and protection projects. The overall goal of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP) is to restore, and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff, and ultimately to remove these streams from the Department of environmental Protection's Impaired Waters List. Potential projects should use the funds for construction, improvement, expansion, repair, maintenance or rehabilitation of new or existing watershed protection Best Management Practices. There is a maximum of $300,000 for any project and a 15% match of the total project cost is required. The deadline to apply for this funding is June 30th. For more information or to download the application visit the WRPP website.
- EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants Program now open. The environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. the program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health concerns in their communities. Successful collaborative partnerships involve not only well-designed strategic plans to build, maintain, and sustain the partnerships, but also working towards addressing the local environmental and public health issues. For more information on how to call for a pre-application assistance program visit the EPA website.
- The Chesapeake Bay Trust is accepting applications for the Outreach and Community Engagement track of the Mini-Grant program on a rolling basis until funds are fully expended. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to your project start date. For more information visit the Chesapeake Bay Trust website.
- Exelon's Environment Program supports projects that improve the quality of our environment; promote environmental education, conservation and preservation; develop cleaner sources of energy; protect endangered species; and beautify neighborhoods. Will fund projects located within communities where they work (ie Holtwood). For more information visit the Exelon website.
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