Welcome to the Lancaster County Watershed Website!
This site is designed to promote and foster watershed protection efforts throughout Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENT/WORKSHOPS
WATERSHED PUBLIC MEETINGS
- Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Meeting
Monday, December 19th at 7PM at Donegal Presbyterian Church (Colebrook Rd., Mt. Joy)
- Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, December 21st at 5:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Donegal Chapter of Trout Unlimited Meeting
Wednesday, December 21st at 7PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 4th at 3PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, January 4th at 7PM at the Rapho Township Bldg. (Colebrook Rd., Manheim)
- Water Quality Volunteer Coalition Meeting
Wednesday, January 11th at 2:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Friends of Fishing Creek Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 12th at 7PM at Dawson property (River Vue North, Drumore)
- Lancaster County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 18th at 1PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Meeting
Wednesday, January 18th at 7PM at the Conewago Township Building (Hershey)
- Cocalico Creek Watershed Association Annual Spaghetti Dinner/Meeting
Monday, February 6th at 6PM at the Cocalico Sportsman Association Buidling (Sportsmen Rd., Reinholds)
- Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Meeting
Tuesday, February 28th at 4PM at the Warwick Township Building (Clay Rd., Lititz)
- Octoraro Watershed Association Meeting
Tuesday, March 7th at 7PM at the OWA Bldg. (517 Pine Grove Rd., Nottingham)
- Pequea Creek Watershed Association Meeting
Tuesday, March 7th at 7PM at the Providence Township Building (Mount Airy Rd.)
- Millcreek Preservation Association Meeting
Wednesday, March 15th at 2PM at the S&M Corporate Office (Beechdale Rd., Bird-in-Hand)
TIMELY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- DEP Announces Changes to 2017 Environmental Education Grants. To help improve the support that PA DEP provides for environmental education grants, DEP is increasing the range of grants available to eligible applicants. The 2017 round will include grants of up to $50,000 to applicants for larger-scale regional or statewide proposals. These and other changes to the grant program will be outlined in a series of workshops and a webinar in September to help applicants develop successful proposals. Applicants for the new $50,000 general grants must provide a 20% match and are not eligible for advance payments. Traditional mini-grants of up to $3,000 will also be available. All applicants are encouraged to undertake projects that address DEP's priority topics of climate change, water education, and environmental justice. Workshop participants will learn strategies to prepare a successful grant application and should be ready to discuss their ideas for grant funding. Applications will be accepted from October 3rd through December 16th. For more information on this grant or to register for any of the upcoming workshops visit the DEP Press Release on this new funding option.
- Coldwater Heritage Partnerships 2017 Grant Program now open. The coldwater Heritage Partnership announces the opening of the 2017 Coldwater Conservation Grants Program. The program provides two grant opportunities which help to protect and conserve the health of Pennsylvania's coldwater ecosystems. The two grant opportunities are: 1) Planning Grant: Designed to help develop a conservation plan that identifies the threats to the health of local coldwater ecosystems that have naturally reproducing trout as well as the opportunities for habitat restoration and conservation. Implementation Grant: Designed to provide funding for projects recommended in a completed conservation plan or other approved plans such as a Rivers Conservation Plan. Proposed projects must enhance, conserve, or protect coldwater resources. Deadline to apply for either grant track is December 16th. For more information on either grant visit the PA Coldwater Heritage Partnership Website.
- USDA opens up Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). Conservation Innovation Grants are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. NRCS will invest $25 million for new CIG projects in fiscal year 2017. The focus areas this year are conservation finance; data analytics for natural resources; pay-for-success models to stimulate conservation adoption; precision conservation; water management technologies and approaches; and benefitting historically underserved farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners. Applications for CIG grants are due January 9th. For more information on the CIG program visit the USDA/NRCS website.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting application for projects under the Growing Greener Plus Program. Up to $18 million in grants will be available for eligible projects that restore and protect Pennsylvania watersheds and reclaim and conserve surface mining lands. Examples of eligible projects include streambank fencing, streamside forest buffers, mine land reclamation and reforestation, and other projects designed to reduce non-point sources of water pollution. DEP is placing special focus on projects in the 43 counties that make up the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, particularly projects that implement Best Management Practices to reduce nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment runoff. Grants are available for county and municipal governments, county conservation districts, watershed organizations, and other organizations involved in the protection and restoration of Pennsylvania's environment. Applications will be accepted for Growing Greener Plus Grants through Friday, January, 13, 2017. For more information on the Growing Greener Plus Program or to download the grant application package visit DEP's Growing Greener website.
- The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is now accepting applications for the 2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. The Five Star and Urban Waters Program will award approximately $2.5 million in grants nationwide. The Five Star and Urban Waters Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Projects include a variety of ecological improvements including: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation; community tree canopy enhancement; and/or water quality monitoring and stormwater management; along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. Priority will be given to projects in urban, suburban and/or rural area that advance water quality goals in environmental justice communities such as neighborhoods with high concentrations of minority and low-income populations. Projects that increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage these communities in the project planning, outreach and implementation will have priority for funding. Applications are due to January 31st. For more information visit the NFWF 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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