Welcome to the Lancaster County Watershed Website!

This site is designed to promote and foster watershed protection efforts throughout Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Donegal Trout Unlimited Nursery Work Group - Saturday, March 14th from 9AM to noon at the Millport Conservancy (Millport Rd., Lititz).  Consider assisting Donegal Trout Unlimited as they prep their native tree and shrub nursery for incoming stock.  Volunteers will be setting the nursery up by moving palates, clearing ground, setting up irrigation equipment and various other tasks.  If you are willing and able to assist contact Garry Longenecker by email or at (717) 587-3100 to RSVP for this event.
  • Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Watershed Wide Spring Cleanup Event - Saturday, March 21st from 8 to 11AM at various locations within the Lititz Run Watershed (Lititz).  Join countless volunteers for this annual spring cleanup event along the bank of Lititz Run.  Volunteers are need to pick trash up, plant trees, and all around sprucing up of this coldwater watershed.  This is a great Springtime family event.  Volunteers are provided with gloves and trash bags and given a small breakfast treat for their time and service.  For more information or to register you and your group contact Warwick Township by email or by phone at (717) 626-8900
  • 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

  • Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Meeting
    Wednesday, February 25th at 7PM at the Conewago Township Bldg. (Hershey)
  • Friends of Fishing Creek Meeting
    Thursday, February 26th at 7PM at the Todd Property (74 Fairview Rd., New Providence)
  • Cocalico Creek Watershed Association Annual Meeting & Spaghetti Dinner
    Monday, March 2nd at 7PM at the Cocalico Sportsman Building (Sportsman Rd., Reinholds)
  • Green Infrastructure Contractor Workshop - Tuesday, March 3rd from 8:30-10:30AM at Lancaster City Hall (120 North Duke St., Lancaster)  During this workshop, the City will provide an overview of the stormwater management program and review recent updates to the city Stormwater Management Ordinance and Small Stormwater Project Permit Application.  Attendees will learn how the stormwater permitting process works, review an application from a City property and learn the step-by-step process to obtain your permits quickly and efficiently.  This is a FREE event but registration is required. RSVP on this link.  For further questions contact Fritz Schroeder.
  • Pequea Creek Watershed Association Meeting
    Tuesday, March 3rd at 7PM at the Providence Township Building (Mount Airy Rd.)
  • Octoraro Watershed Association Meeting
    Tuesday, March 3rd at 7PM at the OWA Bldg. (517 Pine Grove Rd., Nottingham)
  • Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Steering Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, March 4th at 3PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Meeting
    Wednesday, March 4th at 7PM at the Rapho Township Bldg. (Colebrook Rd., Manheim)
  • Lancaster County Conservation District Board Meeting
    Wednesday, March 4th at 7:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Water Quality Volunteer Coalition Meeting
    Wednesday, March 11th at 2:00PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Meeting
    Monday, March 16th at 7PM at Donegal Presbyterian Church (Donegal Springs Rd., Mount Joy)
  • Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance Meeting
    Wednesday, March 18th at 5:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Donegal Trout Unlimited Meeting
    Wednesday, March 18th at 7PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Millcreek Preservation Association Meeting
    Wednesday, March 24th at 2:30PM at the Ressler Mill Carriage House (intersection of Stumptown Rd. & Route 772, Mascot)
  • Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Meeting
    Tuesday, April 28th at 4PM at the Rock Lititz Campus (Lititz)

TIMELY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Program open.  The Chesapeake Bay Trust, US EPA and others are opening the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns funding program.  The program funds design and implementation funds for practices which enhance green spaces in communities, including implementing urban green stormwater practices, increasing urban green spaces, and replacing impervious surfaces with more permeable materials.  The program deadline is March 13th at 5PM.  For more information visit the Chesapeake Bay Trust Website.
  • 2015 Water Resource Education Network (WREN) Source Water Protection Collaborative Grant now open.  WREN has funding available to help launch community partnerships that raise awareness and educate citizens about ways to keep Pennsylvania water resources clean and healthy. WREN projects help residents, businesses and community leaders work together as partners to educate their communities and take action to reduce risks and prevent pollution of the vital aquifers, lakes, rivers, streams, springs, and the places where we fish, swim and enjoy.  For 2015, WREN will offer a Source Water Protection Education track (awards of up to $8,000).  Deadline to apply for WREN grant is March 20th.  For more information visit the WREN website.
  • 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.

LITTLE CONESTOGA PARTERNERSHIP HEALTHY WATERSHED STORMWATER INCENTIVES PROGRAM

For more information on the Lancaster County Conservation District's Watershed Program,
contact Matthew W. Kofroth, Watershed Specialist - mattkofroth@lancasterconservation.org or 717-299-5361 ext 124.



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