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 18th from 8AM-11AM - Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Annual Watershed-Wide Cleanup Event (contact Warwick Township to register)
  • April 22nd from 9AM-Noon - Friends of Fishing Creek Watershed Association Cleanup Event (meet at the Drumore Twp. Bldg on Furniss Rd.)
Tree Plantings
  • March 18th from 9AM-Noon - Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Live Staking Event at Logan Park (contact Kristen Kyler to register)
  • March 25th from 9AM-Noon - Friends of Fishing Creek Watershed Association and Donegal Trout Unlimited Tree Planting Event at Drumore Park (meet at the Drumore Twp. Park off Furniss Rd.)
  • March 31st from 10AM-1PM - Pequea Creek Watershed Association Live Staking Event on the Esh Farm, Big Beaver Cr. (contact Matt Kofroth to register)
  • May 5th from 10AM-2PM - Pequea Creek Watershed Association Tree Planting Event on the Esh Farm, Big Beaver Cr. (contact Matt Kofroth to register)
  • May 6th from 19AM-Noon - Pequea Creek Watershed Association Tree Planting Event on the Esh Farm, Big Beaver Cr. (contact Matt Kofroth to register)
Trout Stockings
  • March 1st @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Big Beaver & Little Beaver Creeks (meet at New Providence Baptist Church)
  • March 2nd @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Little Cocalico & Muddy Creeks and Rock Run (meet at Cloister Shopping Center, Route 322/272.)
  • March 7th @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Meetinghouse & W. Br. of Little Conestoga Creeks and Bowery & Stewart Runs (meet at Goods Store - 333 W. Fourth St., Quarryville)
  • March 10th @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Muddy Run and Pequea Creek (meet at Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market)
  • March 11th @ 11:30AM 0 PAFBC Trout Stocking of W. Br. of Octoraro Creek (meet at Legion Park, Quarryville - South of Route 472)
  • March 16th @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Conoy, Donegal, and Little Chiques Creeks (meet at Conoy Twp. Park, Route 441)
  • March 20th @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Conowingo and Fishing Creeks (meet at Musser's Market, intersection of routes 272 and 372)
  • March 21st @ 11:15AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Hammer Creek (meet at State Game Lands 156 and Pumping Station Rd., Route 322)
  • March 23rd @ 11:00AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Muddy Run Lake (meet at Muddy Run Park)
  • March 23rd @ 11:30AM - PAFBC Trout Stocking of Middle & Little Muddy Creeks and Indian Run (meet at Middle Creek Visitors Center)
  • 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

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for stormwater best management practices to reduce nutrients and sediments to streams and rivers within urbanized areas in 10 counties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  The 10 counties are: Blair, Dauphin, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, and York.  A total of $1.1 million in funding is available.  Up to $200,000 can be awarded for a single project.  Projects must be completed by April 30, 2019.  Eligible applicants include counties, cities, boroughs, townships, incorporated towns, and municipal authorities.  Eligible green infrastructure projects include: Bioretention/raingardens; Bioswales; Permeable pavement; Urban nutrient management; Urban stream restoration; Urban tree planting; Vegetated open channels; Vegetated roofs; Wet ponds and wetlands; and other projects that reduce the flow of stormwater into MS4's.  The deadline for applications for this funding source is March 3rd.  For more information or to download the grant application visit the DEP website.

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 DCNR's website.

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 the Commonwealth Financing Authority ACT 13 Program website.

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.

  • March 18th from 9AM-Noon – Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Live Staking Event at Logan Park (contact Kristen Kyler to register)
  • March 25th from 9AM-Noon – Friends of Fishing Creek Watershed Association and Donegal Trout Unlimited Tree Planting Event at Drumore Park (meet at the Drumore Twp. Park off Furniss Rd.)
  • March 31st from 10AM-1PM – Pequea Creek Watershed Association Live Staking Event on the Esh Farm, Big Beaver Cr. (contact Matt Kofroth to register)
  • May 5th from 10AM-2PM – Pequea Creek Watershed Association Tree Planting Event on the Esh Farm, Big Beaver Cr. (contact Matt Kofroth to register)
  • May 6th from 19AM-Noon – Pequea Creek Watershed Association Tree Planting Event on the Esh Farm, Big Beaver Cr. (contact Matt Kofroth to register)
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