Welcome to the Lancaster County Watershed Website!

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Watershed Volunteer Events
 

Funding Opportunities

Coldwater Heritage Partnership (deadline December 15th)
The purpose of the Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) is to provide leadership, coordination, technical assistance, and funding support for the evaluation, conservation and protection of Pennsylvania;s coldwater streams. The CHP provides two grant opportunities which help to protect and conserve the health of Pennsylvania's coldwater ecosystems. Planning Grants up to $5,000 and Implementation Grants up to $8,000. Grant deadline is December 15th. For information on how to apply visit the Coldwater Heritage Partnership Grant website, www.coldwaterheritage.org/
Environmental Education Grants (deadline January 11th)
Administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection , the Environmental Education funds are used for projects ranging from creative, hands-on lessons for students, teacher training programs, and outdoor learning resources to conservation education for adults. Organizations may apply for mini-grants of up to $3,000 or general grants up to $25,000. General grants will be awarded to organizations implementing large scale regional or statewide environmental education projects on priority topic(s). Applicants for general grants are required to include a 20% match. Mini-grant applicants may apply for up to $3,000 for local environmental education projects focused on priority topic(s). Mini-grant application are not required to include a match, but strongly encouraged to submit a cash or in-kind match. All applications are due by January 11th. For more information and/or an application www.dep.pa.gov/EE_Grants.
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant (deadline January 31st)
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Potential projects include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. Projects should also increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach and implementation. Applications for this grant are due January 31st. For more information on this grant program visit the grant webpage; www.nfwf.org/fivestar/Pages/2019rfp.aspx.
Coca-Cola Foundation Community Support Grants (rolling deadline)
At the Coca-Cola Company, we recognize that we cannot have a healthy and growing business unless the communities we serve are healthy and sustainable. As a global beverage company, we have committed ourselves to improving the quality of life in the communities where we do business. Our community investment priorities reflect the global and local nature of our business and focuses on the global pillars where the coca-Cola Company can make a unique and sustainable difference. The support initiatives that provide access to clean water and sanitation, watershed protection in water-stressed regions, the utilization of water for production and or multiple use systems that do more than provide clean drinking water, and education and awareness programs that promote water conservation within communities and industry. This grant has a rolling deadline. For more information, visit http://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/community-requests-guidelines-application
ERM Foundation (rolling deadline)
The ERM Foundation offers a small grants program to eligible organizations. The grants are intended to provide fudndng for projects that support one or more of the ERM Foundation, which include" water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), conservation and biodiversity, low carbon development; environmental education; and empowering women and girls. This grant has a rolling deadline. For more information, visit http://www.erm.com/en/about-us/erm-foundation/erm-foundation-in-the-united-states/
World Trout Initiative Grant (rolling deadline)
The World Trout Initiative funds only groups and efforts working to restore and protect wild, self-sustainable trout, salmon, and other fish species within their native ranges. This includes both indigenous fresh and salt water fish. They believe the best way to accomplish this over the long-term is by ensuring that populations have high quality habitat and adequate stream flows, can migrate between habitats without human intervention, are not negatively impacted by hatchery and aquaculture operations, have protection from harmful non-native species and disease, and are not over-harvested. They look for innovative groups that produce measurable results and work on long term solutions to root causes of the problem. This grant has a rolling deadline. For more information, visit http://www.patagonia.com/world-trout-initiative/funding-guidelines.html
Sustainable Environments Program (rolling deadline)
The Sustainable Environments Programs is working to overhaul our country's outdated and crumbling infrastructure with a new approach that will foster healthier, sustainable, and just communities. They believe in the potential of what we call "next generation infrastructure" to improve transit systems, make buildings more energy efficient, better manage out water systems and rebuild regional food systems. Focusing on urban area and their surrounding suburbs, they seek solutions that connect and improve these infrastructure systems in ways that maximize positive impacts and minimize negative environmental, economic, and social consequences. Urban Water Management is one aspect they are interested in funding projects in. This grant has a rolling deadline. For more information, visit http://www.surdna.org/what-we-fund/sustainable-environments.html
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

What is a watershed?

A watershed is the area of land that drains to a specific body of water, whether a stream, pond, lake, river or ocean. A watershed area can be as large as the many states or as small as your backyard. Everyone lives in a watershed. (Check out this video to learn more about What a Watershed Is & Why It Is Important.)

Do you know your watershed address?

Just like your home address is broken down into country - state - city - street, your watershed address can be found in much the same way. Why is this important? Because whatever we do in Lancaster County will eventually affect the water quality of our friends and neighbors downstream.

Why is a site like this needed?

In Lancaster County there are over 1,400 miles of streams and creeks. Of this total, nearly 50% of these streams are impaired or polluted according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Add to this total the number of stream miles that are not polluted, but will be affected in some way by increased development pressure, storm water issues, or land use changes in the coming years. One can see how the water quality of Lancaster County could be considered in jeopardy.

What does the County Conservation District's Watershed Specialist do?

They provide technical, informational and organizational assistance that will improve watershed organization development and the quality and quantity of the county's surface and groundwater resources.  The focus of their work relates to watershed assessment, procurement of funding, technical assistance, and the creation, implementation, and coordination of work plans and strategies to restore and protect groundwater and surface water resources locally.

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