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 Volunteer Events
  • CALL TO ACTION - Due to Recent Flooding Events the Donegal Fish & Conservation Association has setup a GO FUND ME site to pay for damage sustained at their Cooperative Trout Nursery.  Significant damage was done to the raceways and grounds of the nursery and funds are needed to fix the area.  Please consider donating at www.gofundme.com/dfca-restoration-from-flood-of-2018?teamInvite=cFS36cnTiySIWbnCUJPlcCyedGwtFmxlKk8K4KPn4TJ6NyXoUEQBrIk3L39rhRIn
  • March 23rd, from 9AM-Noon - Donegal Trout Unlimited Tree Planting Event @ Fishing Cr. (volunteers should meet at the Herr property)
  • March 30th, from 9AM-noon - Live stake Tree Planting and Stream Restoration, @ Southeast Ag. and Extension Research Center, Manheim (RSVP to Kristen Klyer or call 717-948-6609)
  • April 6th, from 9AM-noon - Live stake Tree Planting and Stream Restoration, @ Penn Township;s Sustainability Park, Manheim (RSVP to Kristen Klyer or call 717-948-6609)
  • April 6th, from 8AM-Noon - Tree Planting Event sponsored by the Lititz Run Watershed Alliance and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, @ Saylor Park, Newport Rd., Lititz. (contact Warwick Twp. to register)
  • April 13th, from 9-11AM - Annual Adopt-A-Highway Roadside Cleanup event sponsored by the Cocalico Creek Watershed Association (volunteers should meet at the State Game Lands Parking area near the intersection of Route 897 and Sportsman Rd.)
  • April 27th, from 9AM-Noon - Tree Planting Event in Mount Joy (RSVP to Kristen Kyler or call 717-949-6609)
  • April 27th, from 9:30AM-Noon - Annual Drumore Township and Friends of Fishing Creek Cleanup Event (volunteers should meet at Drumore Township Park)

Watershed Educational Events
  • CALL TO ACTION: Events the Donegal Fish & Conservation Association has setup a GO FUND ME site to pay for damage sustained at their Cooperative Trout Nursery.  Significant damage was done to the raceways and grounds of the nursery and funds are needed to fix the area.  Please consider donating at www.gofundme.com/dfca-restoration-from-flood-of-2018?teamInvite=cFS36cnTiySIWbnCUJPlcCyedGwtFmxlKk8K4KPn4TJ6NyXoUEQBrIk3L39rhRIn
  • March 21st, from 6-9PM - Annual Lancaster County Conservation District Banquet (Yoder's, New Holland) Register @ http://www.lancasterconservation.org
  • April 16th, from 6:30-8PM - National Wildlife Foundation's Habitat Stewards Program (Quarryville Library)
  • April 20th, from 9AM-Noon - Stream Health & Science Workshop (Climbers Run Preserve) Register at Eventbrite website
  • April 27th, from 8AM-4PM - Native Plant & Wildlife Festival (Overlook park)
  • April 27th, from Noon-4PM - Tri-County Conewago Creek Watershed Association's Earth Day Celebration (Aberdeen Mills)


Pre-Season Volunteer Trout Stocking Schedule for 2019
  • Wednesday, March 20th @ 11:30AM - trout stocking of Conowingo Cr. & Fishing Cr. (volunteers will meet at Musser's Market - 0.1 mile S of SR 272/372 intersection)
  • Thursday, March 21st @ 11:15AM - trout stocking of Hammer Cr. (volunteers will met at SGL - SR 322 & Pumping Station Rd.)
  • Wednesday, March 27th @ 11:30AM - trout stocking of Muddy Run Lake (volunteers will meet at Muddy Run Park)
  • Thursday, March 28th @ 11:30AM - trout stocking of Middle Cr., Little Muddy Cr., & Indian Run (volunteers will meet at PGC Middle Cr. Vistor's Center)
In-Season Volunteer Trout Stocking Schedule for 2019
  • Wednesday, April 3rd @ 11:30AM - trout stocking of Big Beaver Cr. & Little Beaver Cr. (volunteers will meet at New Providence Baptist church - SR 222)
  • Friday, April 5th @ 11:30AM - trout stocking of Conowingo Cr. & Fishing Cr. (volunteers will meet at Musser's Market - 0.1 mile S of SR 272/372 intersection)
  • Monday, April 15th @ 12:00PM - trout stocking of Pequea Cr. (volunteers will meet at White Horse Fire Hall - SR 897 & 340)
  • Tuesday, April 16th @ 11:15AM - trout stocking of Hammer Cr. & Little Cocalico Cr. (volunteers will meet at SGL - SR 322 & Pumping Station Rd.)
  • Wednesday, April 17th @ 10:30AM - trout stocking of Middle Cr. & Little Muddy Cr. (volunteer will meet at PGC Middle Cr. Vistor's Center)
  • Thursday, April 18th @ 11:30AM - trout stocking of W. Br. Octoraro Cr., Bowery Run, & W. Br. Little Conestoga Cr. (volunteers will meet at Legion Park - Quarryville - South of SR 472)
  • Wednesday, April 24th @ 11:00AM - trout stocking of Conoy Cr., Little Chiques Cr., & Little Conestoga Cr. (volunteers will meet at Conoy Twp. Park - off SR 441, Bainbridge)
  • Thursday, May 2nd @ 11:30AM - trout stocking of Little Conestoga Cr. (volunteers will meet at PPL - SR 72 & Delp Rd.)
  • Monday, May 6th @ 10:45AM - trout stocking of Hammer Cr., Indian Run, and Little Cocalico Cr. (volunteers will meet at SE Regional Law Enf. Office, Elm)
  • Thursday, October 24th @ 11:30AM - trout stocking of Muddy Run Lake (volunteers will meet at Muddy Run Park)

Funding Opportunities

Community Conservation Partnership Program (C2P2) Grants (deadline April 10th)
he Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will begin accepting applications January 22 for local land conservation, recreation, riparian buffer project grants under the Community Conservation Partnership Grant Program. The deadline for applications is April 10. Community Conservation Partnership grants can fund-- Planning, acquisition, rehabilitation and development of public parks, greenways, critical habitat areas and open space; Recreation areas; Motorized and non-motorized trails; ATV and Snowmobile, River conservation and access; and Conservation of open space. The Riparian Forest Buffer Program provides financial assistance to identify locations in need of riparian forest buffers, and to design, establish, monitor, and provide short-term maintenance for those buffers.
CFA Act 13 Grant Funding (deadline May 31st)
The Commonwealth Financing Authority is now accepting applications for grants funded by Act 13 drilling fees for watershed restoration, abandoned mine drainage abatement, baseline water quality data, orphaned or abandoned well plugging, sewage treatment facilities, flood mitigation programs and greenways, trials and recreation. Applications for this grant are due May 31st. For more information on this grant program visit the grant webpage; www.dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/act-13-programs/
Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants (deadline May 14th)
NFWF's Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund is dedicated to protecting the Bay by helping local communities clean up and restore their polluted rivers and streams. We advance cost-effective and creative solutions with financial and technical assistance. Working in partnership with government agencies and private corporations, the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund awards $8 million to $12 million per year through two competitive grant programs; the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grant Program and the Small Watershed Grants Program. These programs benefit the communities, farms, habitats and wildlife of the Chesapeake Bay region. NFWF also makes targeted investments that support networking and information-sharing among restoration partners on emerging technologies, successful restoration approaches, and new partnership opportunities. Deadline for the INSR grant is May 14th. For more information on this INSR grant program visit the NFWF website; www.nfwf.org/chesapeake/Pages/home.aspx.
Small Watershed Grants (deadline May 14th)
NFWF's Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund is dedicated to protecting the Bay by helping local communities clean up and restore their polluted rivers and streams. We advance cost-effective and creative solutions with financial and technical assistance. Working in partnership with government agencies and private corporations, the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund awards $8 million to $12 million per year through two competitive grant programs; the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grant Program and the Small Watershed Grants Program. These programs benefit the communities, farms, habitats and wildlife of the Chesapeake Bay region. NFWF also makes targeted investments that support networking and information-sharing among restoration partners on emerging technologies, successful restoration approaches, and new partnership opportunities. Deadline for the SWG grant is May 14th. For more information on this SWG grant program visit the NFWF website; www.nfwf.org/chesapeake/Pages/home.aspx.
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
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/
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
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

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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