Welcome to the Lancaster County Watershed Website!

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

 

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENT/WORKSHOPS

  • Chiques/Conewago Creek Winter Farmers Meeting
    Thursday, February 25th from 9AM to 1PM at the Acorn Farms Reception & Conference Center (Manhiem-Mt. Joy Rd., Mount Joy) Event Postcard
  • Keystone Coldwater Conference
    Friday and Saturday, February 26th and 27th at the Ramada In Conference Center (State College) Conference Website
  • Lancaster County Conservation District Annual Banquet 
    Thursday, March 17th at 6:15PM at Yoder's Restaurant (New Holland)  Contact email for more information
  • Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Annual Spring Cleanup Event
    Saturday, March 19th from 8 to 11AM throughout the Lititz Run Watershed (Warwick Township)  Contact email for more information
  • Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Annual Spring Sports Show
    Saturday, March 19th from 11AM to 3PM at Donegal High School (Mount Joy)  Contact email for more information
  • Biological Stream Survey Workshop
    Saturday, April 2nd from 8:30AM to 2:30PM at the Climbers Run Nature Preserve (226 Frogtown Rd., Pequea) Event Flyer
  • Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Kids Fishing Derby
    Saturday, April 9th from 8AM to noon at Donegal Presbyterian Church (Donegal Springs Rd., Mount Joy)  Contact email for more information
  • Donegal Trout Unlimited Annual Fund-raising Banquet
    Saturday, April 2nd from 5PM to ?? at the Nook (Manheim)  Website for more information
  • Lancaster County Conservation District 42nd Annual Tree Sale
    Thursday, April 14th from 8AM to 7PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)  Website for more information
  • Octoraro Watershed Association Spring Cleanup Event
    Saturday, April 23rd from 8AM to noon at the Octoraro Reservoir (Kirkwood)  Website for more information
  • Friends of Fishing Creek Watershed Association Spring Cleanup Event
    Saturday, April 23rd from 9AM to noon at the Drumore Township Building (Furniss Rd., Drumore)
  • Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Earth Day Event
    Saturday, April 23rd from Noon to 4PM at Aberdeen Mills (Elizabethtown)
  • Octoraro Watershed Association Annual Dinner
    Thursday, April 28th from 5:30 to 9PM at the Memorial United Methodist Church (Quarryville)  Website for more information
  • Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival
    Saturday, April 30th from 9AM to 4PM at the Overlook Park (Lancaster)
  • Rain Barrel Workshop
    Saturday, May 7th from 9 to 11AM at Little Chiques Park (Mount Joy)  Event Flyer
  • Family Farm Days
    Tuesday through Thursday, June 14th-16th at Oregon Dairy Farm (Oregon Pike, Lancaster)

WATERSHED PUBLIC MEETINGS

  • Friends of Fishing Creek Meeting
    Thursday, February 11th at 7PM at Hartle & Weigand property (1932 Susquehannock Dr., Drumore)
  • Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Meeting
    Monday, February 15th at 7PM at Shenks (Marietta)
  • Donegal Trout Unlimited's Meeting
    Wednesday, February 17th at 7PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Meeting
    Wednesday, February 17th at 7PM at the Conewago Township Building (Hershey)
  • Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Meeting
    Tuesday, February 23rd at 4PM at the Warwick Township Building (Clay Rd., Lititz)
  • Octoraro Watershed Association Meeting
    Tuesday, March 1st at 7PM at the OWA Bldg. (517 Pine Grove Rd., Nottingham)
  • Pequea Creek Watershed Association Meeting
    Tuesday, March 1st at 7PM at the Providence Township Building (Mount Airy Rd.)
  • Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Steering Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, March 2nd at 3PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Meeting
    Wednesday, March 2nd at 7PM at the Rapho Township Bldg. (Colebrook Rd., Manheim)
  • Lancaster County Conservation District Board Meeting
    Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Millcreek Preservation Association Meeting
    Wednesday, March 9th at 2PM at the S & M Corporate Office (Beechdale Rd., Bird-in-Hand)
  • Water Quality Volunteer Coalition Meeting
    Wednesday, March 16th at 2:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance Meeting
    Wednesday, March 16th at 5:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)

TIMELY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Grant Program Now Open.  The Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Grant program welcomes requests for urban green infrastructure projects that help communities implement sustainability plans that reduce stormwater runoff, increase the number and amount of green spaces in urban areas, improve local and Bay water quality, and enhance the quality of life. The deadline to apply for this funding opportunity from the Chesapeake Bay Trust is March 3rd.  For more information on the Trust and their funding opportunities visit the Chesapeake Bay Trust website.
  • Keep PA Beautiful: Registration Now Open for 2016 Great American Cleanup of PA.  Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced registration is now open for the 2016 Great American Cleanup of PA to be held March 1 to May 31 across Pennsylvania.  This annual event is held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup and led by a coalition of nonprofit, state agency and business partners.  During this period, registered events can get FREE trash bags, gloves, and safety vests from PennDOT district offices, as supplies last.  Events can be little cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections, and educational events and must be registered through the Great American Cleanup of PA website to receive FREE cleanup supplies.  To register your event visit the Great American Cleanup of PA website.  Or you can contact the Keep Lancaster County Beautiful Coordinator Barbara Baker at (717) 735-0160
  • 2016 TreeVitalize Grant Opportunities.  The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is pleased to announce exciting changes in the TreeVitalize grant program.  DCNR has streamlined the application and granting process and are transitioning to an annual grant round in lieu of multiple grant rounds per calendar year.  This shift will allow communities awarded funding two full planting seasons to complete their projects.  There are also two grant communities can apply for now; Planting Grants and Street Tree Inventory Grants.  Planting Grants are due September 1st and Street Tree preliminary applications are due June 1st.  For more information on the TreeVitalize Grant Program visit the TreeVitalize Website or contact Jessica Cavey, Development and Grants Coordinator (717) 599-8650 or c-jcavey@pa.gov.
  • The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) 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.  For Watershed Restoration projects the overall goal 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.  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.  Applications are due June 30th. Questions should be directed to 717-787-6245 or visit the Act 13 webpage for more information.
  • 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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