Welcome to the Lancaster County Watershed Website!
This site is designed to promote and foster watershed protection efforts throughout Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
- Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Annual Spring Cleanup Event
Saturday, March 15th from 8AM till noon at various location within the Lititz Run Watershed Join hundreds of volunteers as they make there usual spring cleanup route around the Lititz Run watershed looking for trash to pickup. Volunteers are scattered throughout the watershed and various jobs will be accomplished depending on the age and skill level of the volunteers. If you, your family, or your group are interested in assisting with this event contact Luba Irwin at 626-8900 to get registered.
- Friends of Fishing Creek Annual Spring Cleanup Event
Saturday, April 26th from 9AM till noon, volunteers should meet at the Drumore Township Building (Furniss Rd.) Join local volunteers as they span out across the Fishing Creek Watershed valley looking for trash and debris to be removed. This is a great springtime family activity. Gloves, trash bags, and vests will be provided to volunteers so get out and get involved.
- Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Trout Stocking Volunteers Needed in Lancaster County
Various dates and times this March and April at numerous locations throughout the county Like to go fishing and find the best fishing spot on the creek? Then consider volunteering with the PAFBC as they stock local waterways either before the opening day of trout season or during the season. Check out the PAFBC volunteer stocking schedule and rules prior to attending any event. PAFBC Volunteer Stocking Flyer.
- Great American Cleanup of PA
Runs March 1st through May 31st Registration is now open for the 2014 Great American Cleanup of PA. Event coordinators can visit the Great American Cleanup of PA webpage to register their event. During the cleanup period, registered events can get FREE trash bags, gloves, and safety vests from Penn DOT district offices. Events consists of littler cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections, and educational events.
EVENTS & MEETINGS
- Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Annual Spring Sport's Show
Saturday, March 8th from 11AM to 3PM at Donegal High School (Route 772, Mount Joy) One of the can't miss events every year for outdoor enthusiasts is the annual Donegal Fish & Conservation Association's Annual Spring Sports Show. Lots of cool vendors will be on hand, along with great demonstrations, door prizes, and even lunch specials. If you are tired of being in the house all winter long and want to get out, visit the DFCA show. This is a FREE event and great for the whole family.
- Senior Environmental Corps Volunteer Refresher Training
Wednesday, March 12th from 10AM to 3PM at the York County Annex (112 Pleasant Acres Rd., York) This program will provide details and training to volunteers to help monitor local water quality in the south central region. Participants will learn how to work as a team to properly monitor site. Training will include responsibilities for monitoring, use of equipment and data reporting. This is a FREE program and lunch will be included but you must register online to attend at this website or check out the workshop flyer to register. The registration deadline is March 7th. (Want to learn more about the WQVC program, visit this recent blog article written on the Garden Spot Village volunteers.)
- Mill Creek Preservation Association Meeting
Thursday, March 13th at 2PM at the Ressler Mill Carriage House (Route 772, Mascot)
- Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Meeting
Monday, March 17th at 7PM at Donegal Presbyterian Church (Donegal Springs Rd., Mount Joy)
- "MS4 - Putting the Pieces Together" Webinar
Wednesday, March 19th from Noon to 1PM This webinar will provide an overview of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and MS4 permit requirements; provide links to resources available to help communities comply with those requirements; and a discussion of developing an effective public education and outreach program. Please register for this webinar at this Website.
- Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, March 19th at 5:30PM at Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Donegal Trout Unlimited Meeting
Wednesday, March 19th at 7PM at Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- "Estimating Pollutant Loads & Managing BMP's" Webinar
Wednesday, March 26th from Noon to 1PM This webinar will provide an overview of a sampling of water quality models and tools available to estimate baseline pollutant loads, general input data requirements for model development and the pros and cons associated with each model. Please register for this webinar at this Website.
- Donegal Trout Unlimited Annual Spring Fund-Raising Banquet
Saturday, March 29th from 5PM to ?? at the Lancaster Host Resort (Lincoln Hwy, Lancaster) Are you looking for a unique way to help Lancaster County's coldwater resources while also have a good meal and a great time? If so, check out the Annual Donegal TU spring fund-raising banquet. Participants get a great meal, nice entertainment, lots of games of chance to win awesome prizes, and a neat silent and vocal auctions. If you are interested in attending or want to find out more check out the Donegal TU website.
- Lower Susquehanna Land & Water Conservation Summit, a ForumPlus event
Monday, March 31st from 9AM to 4:30PM at the Capital Union Building (Room 210) Penn State Harrisburg Campus (Middletown) The Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation are hosting this event to bring together a variety of organizations working to improve the quality of watersheds in the Lower Susquehanna region. This is a FREE event and lunch is provided but registration is also required to attend. To register visit the Summit registration website.
- Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 2nd at 3PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, April 2nd at 7PM at the Rapho Township Bldg. (Colebrook Rd., Manheim)
- Lancaster County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 2nd at 7:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Annual Kids Fishing Derby
Saturday, April 5th from 8AM to noon at Donegal Presbyterian Church (Donegal Springs Rd., Mount Joy) Want to get and early jump on catching the big one this fishing season? Then have the whole family attend the annual DFCA Kids Fishing Derby. This one-of-a-kind kid friendly event is meant to allow local inspiring fishing youngsters fish in their own little honey whole for some very nice sized trout. Different age groups are allowed to fish throughout the morning to catch their limit and prove their fishing skills. this is a FREE event but participants are asked to register once arriving. For those that peter out prior to catching their limit food concessions will be available. This is a great way to expose your youth to fishing locally, check it out!
- Cocalico Creek Watershed Association Meeting
Monday, April 7th at 7PM at the Cocalico Sportsman's Association Clubhouse (Sportman's Rd., Reinholds)
- Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Meeting
Tuesday, April 22nd at 4PM at the Warwick Township Municipal Bldg. (Clay Rd., Lititz)
- Lancaster Native Plant & Wildlife Festival
Saturday, April 26th from 9AM to 3PM at the Manheim Township Overlook Park, across from the Manheim Twp Library (595 Granite Run Dr., Lancaster) Want to learn more about native plants and local wildlife? Then visit the Lancaster Native Plant & Wildlife Festival sponsored by Habitat MT. This FREE event will have great presentations on beekeeping, native plants, landscaping, and many more topics. In addition, numerous local vendors and organizations will have informational booths setup throughout the grounds. There will also be kids activities, plant experts, a native plant swap, and native wildlife on hand. For more information on this event check out Habitat MT's website or the Festival Flyer.
- Friends of Fishing Creek Fund-raiser Dinner at Isaac's Restaurant
Wednesday, April 30th from 5 to 9PM at Strasburg Isaac's (Strasburg) If you are looking for a unique way to help a local watershed group raise some funds for local watershed conservation efforts look no further then the Friends of Fishing Cr. Isaac's Fund raising event. Isaac's will donate 25% of the total cost of a meal to the Friends of Fishing Creek group on this night. If you purchase a gift card along with your dinner the group will get an additional 15% donated to them. Everybody needs to eat so why not help out a good cause in the process.
- Pequea Creek Watershed Association Meeting
Tuesday, June 3rd at 7PM at the Providence Township Building (Mount Airy Rd.)
- Octoraro Watershed Association Meeting
Tuesday, June 3rd at 7PM at the OWA Bldg. (517 Pine Grove Rd., Nottingham)
- Friends of Fishing Creek Kids Fishing Derby
Saturday, June 7th from 9AM to noon at the Valley Lea riding Club (Furniss Rd., Drumore) If you have children you need to take them to the Friends of Fishing Creek Kids Fishing Derby. This is a great event that includes trout fishing, prizes, horse back rides, games, and having fun in the great outdoors. Every year this event gets better regardless of the weather so try and come out and take part in this Southern Lancaster County classic annual event.
TIMELY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- The Water Resources Education Network (WREN) has funding available to help launch community partnerships that raise awareness and educate citizens about ways to keep Pennsylvania water resources clean and healthy.WREN projects help residents and community leaders work together to take action that will reduce risk and prevent pollution of the aquifers, lakes, rivers, streams, springs, and the places we fish, swim, and enjoy. For 2014, WREN offers two separate funding tracks: Watershed Protection Education track (awards up to $5,000) and Source Water Protection Collaborative track (awards of up to $7,000). The deadline to submit your application for this grant round is March 21st. For more information contact Julie Kollar, WREN Project director by phone, 267-468-0555 or by email. Or download the grant application on the WREN website.
- The Chesapeake Bay Trust is accepting applications for the Outreach and Community Engagement track of the Mini-Grant program on a rolling basis until funds are fully expended. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to your project start date. For more information visit the Chesapeake Bay Trust website.
- Exelon's Environment Program supports projects that improve the quality of our environment; promote environmental education, conservation and preservation; develop cleaner sources of energy; protect endangered species; and beautify neighborhoods. Will fund projects located within communities where they work (ie Holtwood). For more information visit the Exelon website.
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