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
  • Saturday, October 12th from 9-noon - Donegal Trout Unlimited Tree Planting Event at the Beiler Farm (RSVP to Kristen Kyler)
  • Sunday, October 13th from 1-4PM - Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Tree Planting Event in Lancaster Township (Register & info at ACB website)
  • Saturday, October 19th from 9-11AM - Lancaster County Conservation District Tree Planting Event at the Esh Farm (RSVP to Kristen Kyler)
  • Sunday, October 20th from 1-4PM - Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Tree Planting Event in Manheim (Register & info at ACB website)
  • Sunday, October 27th from 1PM-?? - Octoraro Watershed Association Tree Planting Event at the Gracie property (785 Wesley Rd., Quarryville) (RSVP to OWA)
  • Saturday, November 9th from 9AM-1PM - Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Tree Planting Event in Gap (Register & info at ACB website)
Watershed Events
  • Water Quality Monitoring Data Summit - October 21 & 22 at the Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit Building in Mount Joy (to register and view the agenda visit Lancaster Clean Waters Partners Website)
  • "Land, Water and the Chesapeake" film - October 23rd from 7-8:30PM at Penn Cinema, Lititz (for more information or to register visit the Lancaster County Conservancy Website)
  • 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

Pennsylvania Local Government Implementation Grants (deadline October 22nd)
The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) along with EPA and PA DEP, is soliciting proposals for projects to implement one or more high-priority nutrient and sediment load reduction practices in select PA communities, consistent with PA's Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) and the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The deadline to apply for this funding is October 22nd. For more information visit the NFWF website; www.nfwf.org/chesapeake.
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.