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 Educational Events
  • April 26th from 5:30-9PM - Octoraro Watershed Association Annual Dinner Meeting (Memorial United Methodist Church, 101 S. Hess, St., Quarryville) RSVP to octorarowa@gmail.com
  • April 28th from 9AM-4PM - Habitat MT Native Plant & Wildlife Festival (Overlook Park)
  • June 2nd from 2-7PM - Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Watershed Day Event (Millport Conservancy and Rock Lititz Campus) RSVP at www.lancasterwaterweek.org
  • June 6th from 6-8PM - Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Watershed Expo (Manheim Farm Show Complex, Adele Rd., Manheim) RSVP at www.lancasterwaterweek.org
  • June 7th from 5:30AM-?? - Donegal Trout Unlmimited Fish & Golf Tournament (Foxchase Golf Course, 300 Stevens Rd., Stevens) RSVP at www.donegaltu.org
  • June 22nd from 8AM-4PM - Tree Tenders Training = Southeast Ag Research & Extension Center (1446 Auction Rd., Manheim)  Register  at http://extension.psu.edu/tree-tenders
Watershed Volunteer Events
  • April 27th from 8:30AM-noon - City of Lancaster's Arbor Day Celebration (Hillrise Apartments, Martin Luther King Elementary and adjacent streets in Lancaster) RSVP to (717) 394-3714
  • April 28th from 9AM-noon - Donegal Trout Unlimited Tree planting Event (Camp Andrews, 1226 Silver Springs Rd., Holtwood) RSVP to www.donegaltu.org
  • April 28th from 9AM-noon - Denver Borough Arbor Day Celebration and Tree planting Event (Denver Borough)
  • April 28th from 9AM-noon - Octoraro Watershed Association Stream Cleanup Event (Octoraro Reservoir, from Rt. 472 to Mount Eden Rd.) RSVP to octorarowa@gmail.com
  • April 28th from 8-11AM - Donegal Trout Unlimited Tree Potting Event (Millport Conservancy, Millport Rd., Lititz) RSVP to www.donegaltu.org
  • April 28th from 9AM-noon - Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Tree Planting Event (various locations in the Conewago Watershed) RSVP to conewagocreek@yahoo.com
  • April 28th from 9AM-noon - Penn State Ag and the Environment Center Tree Planting Event (Penn State Research Farm, Manheim) RSVP to klk343@psu.edu
  • May 5th from 9AM-noon - Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Tree Planting Event (Hershey Meadows) RSVP to conewagocreek@yahoo.com
  • May 5th from 8-11AM - Donegal Trout Unlimited Tree Potting Event (Millport Conservancy, Millport Rd., Lititz) RSVP to www.donegaltu.org
  • May 12th from 9AM-noon - Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Tree Planting Event (Old Hershey Road) RSVP to conewagocreek@yahoo.com
  • May 19th from 9AM-noon - Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Tree Planting Event (Old Hershey Road) RSVP to conewagocreek@yahoo.com
  • June 4th from 6-8PM - Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance Rain Garden Planting Event with East Petersburg Borough (intersection of Petersburg Rd. and Koser Rd.); RSVP at www.lancasterwaterweek.org
  • June 7th from 6-8PM - Lancaster County Conservation District Tree Planting Event along Eshlman Run (Black Horse Rd., Paradise) RSVP at www.lancasterwaterweek.org
  • June 9th from 8AM-noon - Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Conestoga River Cleanup Event (various locations along the Conestoga River) RSVP at www.lancasterwaterweek.org
Trout Stocking Schedule (Southern Lancaster County)
  • Wednesday, October 17th @ 11:30AM - Stocking of Muddy Run Lake = Volunteers should meet at Muddy Run Park.
Trout Stocking Schedule (Northern Lancaster County)
  • Tuesday, April 24th @ 11:00AM - Stocking of Conoy Creek, Little Chiques Creek, & Little Conestoga Creek = Volunteer should meet at Conoy Twp. Park off State Route 441.
  • Friday, May 4th @ 11:30AM - Stocking of Little Conestoga Creek = Volunteers should meet at the PPL Service Center off State Route 72 and Delp Road.
  • Monday, May 14th @ 10:45AM - Stocking of Hammer Creek, Indian Run, & Little Cocalico Creek = Volunteers should meet at the Southeast Regional Office of the PA Fish & Boat Commission, West Brubaker Valley Rd.

Funding Opportunities

Lancaster Water Week Grants (deadline April 27th)
Community organizations and other non-profit groups that are working on improving local water quality are encouraged to apply for this year's Lancaster Water Week grant. The grants which can be up to $5,000 are a one-to-one match and are meant to foster and accelerate great watershed protection efforts throughout the county. If interested in applying visit the Lancaster Water Week website for more information. www.lancasterwaterweek.org
Commonwealth Financing Authority Act 13 Funding (deadline May 31st)
The Commonwealth Financing Authority is now accepting grants funded by Act 13 for watershed restoration, abandoned mine drainage abatement, baseline water quality data, orphaned or abandoned well plugging, sewage facilities and flood mitigation programs. If interested in applying visit the Commonwealth Financing Authority Act 13 Program website.
Sun Club Sustainability Grant (rolling deadline)
The mission of the Green Mountain energy Sun Club is to enhance the quality of life through long-term solutions that focus on people and the planet. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for donations from the Sun Club to fund sustainability project centered on renewable technologies, the environment, or to help build and sustain vibrant and eco-friendly communities. Type of projects supported include; water conservation and protection, waste reduction and management, sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, and other renewable technologies. This grant has a rolling deadline. For more information, visit https://www.greenmountainenergy.com/sun-club/apply-for-a-sun-club-donation/
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
George and Miriam Martin Foundation Grant (rolling deadline)
The focus of the George and Miriam Foundation is river and watershed conservation. They have funded over 120 organizations since their beginning in 1995. This grant has a rolling deadline. For more information, visit http://www.themartinfoundation.org
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/
Pentair Foundation Grants (rolling deadline)
Pentair is a global company with the resources, technology and values to make a positive impact in the world. Their Corporate Social Responsibility programs focus on exploring ways to meet societal challenges around water, food, and energy; building sustainability into our operations and products; empowering our employees to become involved in our communities. They believe safe water is a fundamental human right, and one of the foundations of freedom and economic development. Pentair collaborates with a range of partners, combining our technology, micro-enterprise business models, and scientific research to provide sustainable access to safe water, as well as water conservation and reuse efforts. This grant has a rolling deadline. For more information, visit http://www.pentair.com/en/about-us/corporate-social-responsibility/pentair-foundation
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
Shell Foundation Grant (rolling deadline)
shell makes monetary grants to non-profit organizations within the U.S. Shell will consider charitable contributions to eligible non-profit organizations. One area of concern for Shell is the Environment - Focus on biodiveristy initiatives with support to programs that restore ecosystems, address water, air quality research, preserve wetlands and sponsor wetlands initiatives. As part of their commitment to environmental stewardship, they support projects that restore and protect critical ecosystems. In addition to restoration and preservation efforts, they fund research projects for threatened wildlife and/or habitats. This grant has a rolling deadline. For more information, visit http://www.shell.us/sustainability/request-for-a-grant-from-shell.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
Cornell Douglas Foundation Grant (rolling deadline)
The Cornell Douglas Foundation is a private, non-operating foundation established in 2006. Its mission is to provide small grants to organizations which promote the vision of the foundation: advocating for environmental health and justice, encouraging stewardship of the environment, and furthering respect for sustainability of resources. This grant has a rolling deadline. For more information, visit http://www.cornelldouglas.org/about

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.