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
  • None at this time
Watershed Events
  • Octoraro Watershed Association Photo Contest - Open to anyone taking pictures within the Octoraro Watershed and following contest rules. Entries need to be in to the OWA office by March 24, 2020. (for more information visit the OWA website or email Chotty Sprenkle)

Funding Opportunities

Growing Greener Plus Grants Program (deadline December 20, 2019)
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has once again opened up the Growing Greener Plus Grants program to eligible applicants (watershed groups, municipalities, council of governments, education institutions, conservation districts, and municipal authorities). Growing Greener grants are intended for water quality improvement projects such as, but not limited too, stream restoration, Ag BMP's, acid mine abatement, riparian buffer installation, and other non-point source pollution fixes. The deadline for this Growing Greener round is December 20, 2019. All applicants must file their application through the eGrants program (www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/login.aspx.). For more information on the Growing Greener Grants program visit the DEP website, www.dep.pa.gov. key word Growing Greener.
Coldwater Heritage Partnership Program (deadline January 17, 2020)
The Coldwater Heritage Partnership provides leadership, coordination, technical assistance, and funding support for the evaluation, conservation and protection of Pennsylvania's coldwater streams. It is a partnership between the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Foundation for PA Watersheds, PA Council of Trout Unlimited and the PA Fish & Boat Commission. There are 2 types of grant opportunities available: 1) Planning Grants - up to $5,000: funds available for: data collection, identifying potential threats, problems, opportunities, plan of action creation, community awareness. 2) Implementation Grants - up to $8,000: Funds available for: equipment, materials, meeting expenditures, construction, activities and other services to implement conservation plan recommendations. Both grants are due January 17, 2020. For more information visit the Coldwater Conservation website (www.coldwaterheritage.org/grant-application-and-guidelines)
Community Conservation Partnership Program Grants (deadline April 22,2020)
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will soon be opening up the application period for their Community Conservation Partnership Program Grants (C2P2). These grants are intended for recreation, conservation, riparian buffer, trail, and community based projects. Prior to the grants opening up on January 15, 2020 DCNR is having grant applicant workshops for those thinking of applying for these funds. The local grant workshop will be held on November 14th in Camp Hill. For more information on the grant wkp. or for a grant package visit the DCNR website, www.dcnr.pa.gov. Grant deadline is April, 22, 2020.
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.