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
  • June 4th from 10AM-Noon - WATER WEEK EVENT - Conestoga River Cleanup (County Park) (www.lancasterwaterweek.org)
Tree Plantings
  • May 20th from 9AM-Noon - Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Tree Planting Event at the Hershey Meadows site (contact conewagocreek@yahoo.com)
  • June 10th from 9AM-Noon - Mill Creek Preservation Association Tree planting Event on the Esh Farm, Mill Cr. (2846 Stumptown Rd., Ronks, PA 17572) (contact jfr21@psu.edu to register)

Funding Opportunities

Commonwealth Financing Authority (due 5/31/17)
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 http://dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/act-13-programs/#.WItAMH3Ds4p

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.