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
- Hometown Habitat Movie Showing
Monday, September 12th from 6-9PM at Tellus 360 (Lancaster City) Event Flyer
- Pequea Creek Watershed Association's 6th Annual Miniature Golf Fundraiser
Saturday, October 1st from 10AM-noon at Village Greens Miniature Golf Course (1444 Village Rd., Strasburg Rd., Strasburg) Event Flyer
WATERSHED PUBLIC MEETINGS
- Water Quality Volunteer Coalition Meeting
Wednesday, September 14th at 2:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Meeting
Monday, September 19th at 7PM at the Sheffy Farm (Ore Mine Rd., Marietta)
- Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, September 21st at 5:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Meeting
Wednesday, September 21st at 7PM at the Conewago Township Building (Hershey)
- Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Meeting
Tuesday, September 27th at 4PM at the Warwick Township Building (Clay Rd., Lititz)
- Cocalico Creek Watershed Association Meeting/Ice Cream Social
Monday, October 3rd at 7PM at the Cocalico Sportsman Association Buidling (Sportsmen Rd., Reinholds)
- Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 5th at 3PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, October 5th at 7PM at the Rapho Township Bldg. (Colebrook Rd., Manheim)
- Lancaster County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 5th at 7:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Friends of Fishing Creek Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 13th at 7PM at Kinch property (Friendly Dr., Buck)
- Millcreek Preservation Association Meeting
Wednesday, November 9th at 2PM at the S & M Corporate Office (Beechdale Rd., Bird-in-Hand)
- Octoraro Watershed Association Meeting
Tuesday, December 6th at 7PM at the OWA Bldg. (517 Pine Grove Rd., Nottingham)
- Pequea Creek Watershed Association Meeting
Tuesday, December 6th at 7PM at the Providence Township Building (Mount Airy Rd.)
TIMELY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- 2016 TreeVitalize Grant Opportunities. The Pennsylvania Urban & community Forestry Council has secured $100,000 in funding for tree planting grants and $25,000 for innovative projects throughout the state through their partnership with the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Tree planting grants will be available to municipalities and non-profit agencies throughout the state for projects related to tree plantings with a strong volunteer base. Applicants are required to have the assistance of their local service forester and/or Penn State extension forester in developing a planting plan as well as their signature on the application itself. Budgets should provide evidence of 50/50 match with 75% coming from non-cash and 25% from cash. Applications are due September 15th with notifications of funding by November 1st. For more information on the TreeVitalize Grant Program visit the TreeVitalize Website or contact Jessica Cavey, Development and Grants Coordinator (717) 599-8650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- DCNR,DEP Offering Grants to Plant Buffers Along Streams to Improve Water Quality. The Departments of Conservation and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection today are announcing that grants are being made available to assist landowners with planting trees along streams in Pennsylvania to improve water quality. PA has a goal of planting 95,000 acres of streamside buffers by 2025. The DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Program grant round led by DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation will open on Aug. 1st. These new grants are in addition to DEP's Growing Greener grants, which also include funding for forest buffer plantings. To expand on the existing streamside buffer options for landowners, DCNR is piloting a multi-functional buffer option that is eligible for grant dollars to provide greater flexibility in landowner eligibility, buffer designs, widths, plant species and offer the option of planting some income-producing crops in the buffer zone. Eligible applicants include local governments, nonprofit groups, and educational organizations. Eligible activities covered by these grants include landowner outreach, buffer design, site preparation and buffer installation, plant materials and tree shelters, and short term maintenance (approximately 3 years). Grant applications are due September 15th. For more information on this new funding option visit the DCNR Website.
- Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture Funding. The Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture is requesting project proposals that restore and conserve habitat necessary to support healthy and productive populations of wild brook trout. Federal funding available under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan through the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service will be used to fund top ranked proposals. The maximum award amount for an individual project is $50,000. These funds can only be used for on-the-ground habitat conservation projects and related design and monitoring activities. They may not be used for acquisition in fee or easement. All projects must have a minimum of a 1:1 funding from partner contributions. Applications are due September 16th. For more information on this funding opportunity visit the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture Program Website.
- 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.
- 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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