Welcome to the Lancaster County Watershed Website!

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Stream/Watershed Cleanups
  • March 25th from 8AM-11AM - Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Annual Watershed-Wide Cleanup Event (contact www.warwicktownship.org to register)
  • April 22nd from 9AM-Noon - Friends of Fishing Creek Watershed Association Cleanup Event (meet at the Drumore Twp. Bldg on Furniss Rd.)
  • April 29th from 9AM-Noon - Cocalico Creek Watershed Association Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Event (meet at the PA Game Commission Parking lot off Route 897 and Cocalico Cr. Rd.)
  • May 13th from 9AM-Noon - Mount Joy Borough and Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Litter Cleanup and Rain Barrel Wkp Event at Little Chiques Park (contact jrf21@psu.edu to register)
Tree Plantings
  • March 25th from 9AM-Noon - Friends of Fishing Creek Watershed Association and Donegal Trout Unlimited Tree Planting Event at Drumore Park (contact gregsfish@gmail.com to register)Drumore Township Volunteer Date Sat March 25 2017 9am-Noon Announcement
  • March 31st from 10AM-1PM - Pequea Creek Watershed Association Live Staking Event on the Esh Farm, Big Beaver Cr. (contact mattkofroth@lancasterconservation.org to register)
  • April 22nd from 9AM-Noon - Cocalico Creek Watershed Association Tree Planting Event
  • May 5th from 10AM-2PM - Pequea Creek Watershed Association Tree Planting Event on the Esh Farm, Big Beaver Cr. (contact mattkofroth@lancasterconservation.org to register)
  • May 6th from 19AM-Noon - Pequea Creek Watershed Association Tree Planting Event on the Esh Farm, Big Beaver Cr. (contact mattkofroth@lancasterconservation.org to register)
Trout Stockings
  • March 20th @ 11:00AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Muddy Run Lake (meet at Muddy Run Park)
  • March 21st @ 11:15AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Hammer Creek (meet at State Game Lands 156 and Pumping Station Rd., Route 322)
  • March 23rd @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Conowingo and Fishing Creeks (meet at Musser's Market, intersection of routes 272 and 372)
  • March 23rd @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Middle & Little Muddy Creeks and Indian Run (meet at Middle Creek Visitors Center)
  • March 24th @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Conoy, Donegal, and Little Chiques Creeks (meet at Conoy Twp. Park, Route 441)
  • March 28th @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Little Conestoga Creek and Swarr Run (meet at PPL Service Center, Rout 72/Delp Rd.)
  • April 5th @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Big Beaver & Little Beaver Creeks (meet at New Providence Baptist Church)
  • April 7th @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Conowingo and Fishing Creeks (meet at Musser's Market, intersection of routes 272 and 372)
  • April 18th @ 12:00PM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Pequea Creek (meet at White Horse Fire Hall, Route 897 & 340)
  • April 19th @ 11:15AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Hammer & Little Cocalico Creeks (meet at State Game Lands 156 and Pumping Station Rd., Route 322)
  • April 20th @ 10:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Middle & Little Muddy Creeks (meet at Middle Creek Visitors Center)
  • April 20th @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of W. Br. of Octoraro & W. Br. Little Conestoga Creeks and Bowery Run (meet at Legion Park, Quarryville - South of Route 472)
  • April 21st @ 11:00AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Conoy, Little Chiques, and Little Conestoga Creeks (meet at Conoy Twp. Park, Route 441)
  • May 2nd @ 10:45AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Hammer & Little Cocalico Creek and Indian Run (meet at PAFBC Regional Office at Speedwell Forge Lake)
  • May 5th @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Little Conestoga Creek (meet at PPL Service Center, Rout 72/Delp Rd.)

Funding Opportunities

DCNR C2P2 (due 4/12/17)
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is now accepting application for the next round of Community Conservation Partnership Grants. The grant program focuses on planning, acquisition, and development activities associated with conservation areas, community parks, trails, river conservation and recreation--and new this year--riparian buffer areas. The DCNR priority areas include Community parks and recreations, Land Conservation, Rivers Implementation, and Trails. The deadline to apply for this funding source is April 12th. For grant guidelines, priorities and more visit http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/grants/
Commonwealth Financing Authority (due 5/31/17)
The Commonwealth Financing Authority is now accepting applications for grants funded by ACT 13 for Watershed Restoration, Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement, Baseline Water Quality Data, Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging, Sewage Facilities and Flood Mitigation Programs. Applicants are strongly urged to contact their House and Senate member to make them aware you intend to submit an application for funding under these programs. Deadline to apply for this funding is May 31st. For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit http://dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/act-13-programs/#.WItAMH3Ds4p
NFWF Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund (due 5/9/17)
The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program partnership, is soliciting proposals to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. The Stewardship Fund will award grants through two distinct grant programs: Small Watershed Grants (SWG) and Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants (INSR). SWG grants will be awarded for projects within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that promote community-based efforts to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. INSR grants will be awarded to projects within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that dramatically accelerate quantifiable nutrient and sediment reductions through innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches, methods, and new technologies. Deadline for both grants I May 9, 2017. For more information visit the NFWF website at: www.nfwf.org/chesapeake.

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.

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