Welcome to the Lancaster County Watershed Website!

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Educational events
  • Saturday, July 22nd from 9AM-2PM - Penn State Extension Summer Garden Experience @ Southeast Ag Research & Extension Center (1146 Auction Rd., Manheim) (www.extension.psu.edu)
  • Saturday, July 22nd from 11AM-1:30PM - "The Octoraro Watershed Association Turns 50" Picnic @ Fishing Headquarters (212 Spruce Grove Rd., Kirkwood) (www.theowa.org)
  • Monday & Tuesday, July 24-25 from 9:30AM-3:30PM - Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Level 1 Training Class @ Lancaster City Offices (Duke St., Lancaster) (http://cblpro.org)
  • Wednesday, August 9th from 6-8PM - Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance CREEK STOMP @ Mummau Park (Route 772, Manheim)
  • Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17 from Noon -Noon - Steinman Run Nature Preserve BioBlitz 2017 (Clearview Rd., Rawlinsville) (lmartin@lancasterconservancy.org)
Tree Plantings or Invasive Removal
  • Saturday, July 15th from 8:30-11:30AM - Volunteer work day to remove invasive species at the Fishing Creek North Preserve (contact lferich@lancasterconservancy.org)

Funding Opportunities

Tree Vitalize Grants Program (due 8/15/17)
Tree Pennsylvania administers the statewide TreeVitalize grant program. Funding is provided to communities to promote and develop sustainable urban forestry program within the Commonwealth. Applications for the 2018 calendar year are now available in three funding categories; Tree planting Grants, Community Forestry Management Grants, and Urban Riparian Buffer Grants. Deadline to apply for this funding is August 15th. For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit https://treepennsylvania.org/treevitalize-grants-program
Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds (due 9/19/17)
The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds awards grants to citizens groups that have IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit status. Their primary service area is from the Ohio border to the Susquehanna River's mainstem but have extended past this region in the past. The Foundation has convening grants (less than $2,000) and project grants. If interested in applying Letters of inquiry are due August 15th with a full grant application due September 19th. For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit http://pennsylvaniawatersheds.org/apply-for-a-grant/

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.