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 Cleanups/Tree Planting Events
  • Sunday, November 19th from 8:30AM-Noon - Friends of Fishing Cr. and Donegal Trout Unlimited Tree Planting @ Drumore Park (1675 Furniss Rd., Drumore) (RSVP to gregsfish@gmail.com)

Funding Opportunities

Coldwater Conservations Grants (due 12/15/17)
The coldwater Heritage Partnership is now accepting applications for the 2018 Coldwater Conservation Grants. The program has two grant opportunities which help to protect and conserve the health of Pennsylvania's coldwater ecosystems. Planning Grants: Designed to help develop a conservation plan that identifies the threats to the health of local coldwater ecosystems that have naturally reproducing trout as well as the opportunities for habitat restoration and conservation within those watersheds. Planning grans average around $5,000. Implementation Grants: Designed to provide funding for projects recommended in a completed conservation plan or other approved pan such as a Rivers Conservation Plan. Proposed projects must enhance, conserve or protect the coldwater stream for which the coldwater conservation plan or similar document was originally completed. Implementation grants average around $8,000. For more information, visit the Coldwater Heritage Partnership Grant Application webpage (www.coldwaterheritage.org/grant-application-and-guidelines) Questions should be directed to Tali MacArthur, Program Director, by sending email to c-tmacarth@pa.gov or call 814-359-5233.
DCNR Riparian Forest Buffers Grant (due 12/20/17)
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Department), Bureau of Recreation and Conservation has available grant funding for projects proposing the installation of riparian forest buffers and projects proposing the acquisition, planing, development, rehabilitation or maintenance of snowmobile or ATV trails. Grant funding for these two opportunities will be awarded through a competitive grant application process. Applicants can apply for this funding between October 2, 2017, and December 20, 2017, through the Department's online grant application portal. A brief webinar on both programs will be held and recorded on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Riparian forest buffer information will be shared at 10 a.m. followed by snowmobile/ATV program information at 11 a.m. More information about these grant opportunities and the application process is available at https://www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us/Dashboard/Grants.
Healthy Watersheds Consortium (due 2/1/18)
Healthy Watershed Consortium Grants Program, a partnership of the U.S. Endowment, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, has an open application period. The goal of the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant program is to accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds. This goal is achieved by; 1) developing funding mechanisms plans, or other strategies to implement large-scale watershed protection, source water protection, green infrastructure, or related landscape conservation objectives; 2) building the sustainable organizational infrastructure, social support, and long-term funding commitments necessary to implement large-scale protection of healthy watersheds; and 3) supporting innovative or catalytic projects that may accelerate funding for or implementation of watershed protection efforts, or broadly advance this field of practice. Application for this grant are due February 1, 2018. For more information and webinars links on how to apply, visit www.usendowment.org/healthywatersheds.html
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.

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