Welcome to the Lancaster County Watershed Website!
This site is designed to promote and foster watershed protection efforts throughout Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
EVENTS & MEETINGS
- Cocalico Creek Watershed Association Meeting
Monday, December 9th at 7PM at the Cocalico Sportsman's Association Clubhouse (Sportman's Rd., Reinholds)
- Elanco Region Source Water Collaborative Workshop - Protecting Your Water Begins with Your Land"
Monday, December 9th at 8:30AM to 3PM at Shady Maple Restaurant (Blue Ball) The Lancaster County Planning Commission has been working over the past several months with Eastern Lancaster County Water Suppliers, state and federal agencies, conservancies, and agricultural representatives to plan a workshop to promote agricultural BMP's that can reduce the impacts of nitrates in groundwater. The workshop is intended to be a one-stop shop for education and resources for the farming community. With nationally and locally recognized speakers and informational booths, there will be take-aways for everyone with respect to reducing agricultural impacts to water quality while maintaining crop yields. If interested in attending please RSVP to Cathy Port at 717-705-4913 by December 2nd.
- Mill Creek Preservation Association Meeting
Wednesday, December 11th at 2:00PM at the Lancaster Mennonite School Campus (Lincoln Highway)
- Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Meeting
Monday, December 16th at 7PM at Donegal Presbyterian Church (Donegal Springs Rd., Mount Joy)
- Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, December 18th at 5:30PM at Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Donegal Trout Unlimited Meeting
Wednesday, December 18th at 7PM at Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Water Quality Volunteer Coalition Meeting
Wednesday, January 8th at 2:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 8th at 3PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, January 8th at 7PM at the Rapho Township Bldg. (Colebrook Rd., Manheim)
- Lancaster County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 13th at 1PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Meeting
Wednesday, January 29th at 7PM at the Conewago Township Bldg, (3279 Old Hershey Rd., Elizabethtown)
- Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Meeting
Tuesday, February 25th at 4PM at the Warwick Township Municipal Bldg. (Clay Rd., Lititz)
- Octoraro Watershed Association Meeting
Tuesday, March 11th at 7PM at the OWA Bldg. (517 Pine Grove Rd., Nottingham)
TIMELY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) program is providing two grant opportunities, which help to protect and conserve the health of Pennsylvania's coldwater ecosystems. Grant opportunities include: Planning Grant - designed to help develop a conservation plan that identifies the values and threats that impact the health of our coldwater ecosystems that have naturally reproducing trout. the collected information can be used as a catalyst for more comprehensive planning or for development of watershed improvement projects. Planning grants average around $5,000. Implementation Grant-designed to provide funding to projects recommended in a completed conservation plan or report. Potential projects must enhance, conserve or protect the coldwater stream for which the coldwater conservation plan was originally completed. Implementation grants average around $7,500. Applications will be accepted through December 13th. For more information visit the Coldwater Heritage Partnership website.
- The EPA's Urban Waters Small Grant Program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from their urban water and the surrounding land, is now open. the goal of the Urban Water Program is to fund research, investigations, experiments, training, surveys, studies, and demonstrations that will advance the restoration of urban water by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. EPA expects to award approximately up to $1.6 million to support such projects, in grants of $40,000 to $60,000 each. The grant deadline for this program is December 16th. For more information visit the EPA website.
- Grant opportunity for Susquehanna Watershed organizations from the Cora L. Brooks Foundation now open. The Cora L. Brooks Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate significant problems within the watersheds of the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers. The foundation's primary focus is on environmental conservation and restoration within these watersheds, with particular emphasis on environmental protection issues relating to clean water and water-related ecologies. The Foundation prefers to fund organizations whose current annual revenue is less than $5 million. Grants range from $1,000 to $20,000, and are given anonymously. The deadline for requesting application materials is December 16th; completed applications are due January 10th. Visit the Foundation's website for more information on the application process.
- PA DEP Environmental Education Grants Program is now open. Schools, colleges and universities, conservation districts, incorporated nonprofit organizations, municipalities and businesses are eligible to apply for these grants. The grant provides funding to develop programs and projects that support environmental education on topics like; watersheds, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education, Energy, environmental literacy planning & programming, connecting children with nature, and natural landscaping and trees. Grants are awarded for up to $3,000. The deadline to apply is January 6th. For more information on the grant program visit the DEP website.
- 2014 Five STAR and Urban Waters RFP Announcement open. The Five STAR and Urban Waters fund was created in FY2013 by joining EPA's long standing and very popular Five Star Program with Urban Waters Program funding into one RFP that represents a public-private partnership leveraging federal funding 2:1. The Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration, stormwater management, outreach and stewardship with a particular focus on water quality, watersheds and the habitats they support especially those found in urban areas. The deadline for the RFP is February 5th. For a copy of the RFP visit the NFWF 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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