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

  • Octoraro Watershed Association Annual Dinner
    Thursday, April 28th from 5:30 to 9PM at the Memorial United Methodist Church (101 S. Hess St., Quarryville)  Website for more information
  • Trout Stocking - Middle Cr. & Little Muddy Cr. 
    Thursday, April 28th at 10:30AM at Middle Creek Visitors Center (Kleinfeltersville)
  • Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival
    Saturday, April 30th from 9AM to 4PM at the Overlook Park (Lancaster)
  • Trout Stocking - Hammer Cr., Indian Run, & Little Cocalico Cr. 
    Friday, May 6th at 10:45AM at Southeast Regional Office PA Fish & Boat Commission, Speedwell Lake (Lakeview Dr., Lititz)
  • Octoraro Watershed Invitational Inter-Club Paddle
    Saturday, May 7th   Website for more information
  • Rain Barrel Workshop
    Saturday, May 7th from 9 to 11AM at Little Chiques Park (Mount Joy)  Event Flyer
  • Trout Stocking - Little Coenstoga Cr. 
    Thursday, May 12th at 11:30AM at PPL Service Center (Route 72 & Delp Rd., Lancaster)
  • Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Tree Planting Event
    Saturday, May 14th from 9AM to Noon at the Hershey Meadows Project (Route 743, Elizabethtown)  Contact email for more information
  • Family Farm Days
    Tuesday through Thursday, June 14th-16th at Oregon Dairy Farm (Oregon Pike, Lancaster)

WATERSHED PUBLIC MEETINGS

  • Cocalico Creek Watershed Association Meeting
    Monday, May 2nd at 7PM at the Cocalico Cr. Sportsman Association (Sportsman Rd., Reinholds)
  • Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Meeting
    Tuesday, May 3rd at 4PM at the Warwick Township Building (Clay Rd., Lititz)
  • Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Steering Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, May 4th at 3PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Meeting
    Wednesday, May 4th at 7PM at the Rapho Township Bldg. (Colebrook Rd., Manheim)
  • Lancaster County Conservation District Board Meeting
    Wednesday, May 4th 6th at 7:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Water Quality Volunteer Coalition Meeting
    Wednesday, May 11th at 2:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Meeting
    Monday, May 16th at 7PM at the Club's Trout Nursery (Pinkerton Rd., Mount Joy)
  • Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance Meeting
    Wednesday, May 18th at 5:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Donegal Trout Unlimited's Meeting
    Wednesday, May 18th at 7PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Meeting
    Wednesday, May 18th at 7PM at the Conewago Township Building (Hershey)
  • Octoraro Watershed Association Meeting
    Tuesday, June 7th at 7PM at the OWA Bldg. (517 Pine Grove Rd., Nottingham)
  • Pequea Creek Watershed Association Meeting
    Tuesday, June 7th at 7PM at the Providence Township Building (Mount Airy Rd.)
  • Millcreek Preservation Association Meeting
    Wednesday, June 8th at 8AM at the S & M Corporate Office (Beechdale Rd., Bird-in-Hand)

TIMELY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Grant Funding Available to Improve Watersheds in York and Lancaster Counties.  The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) has funding available to address habitat improvement and sediment reduction projects in York and Lancaster Counties.  Funding for the grant program is being provided by Exelon Generation Company as part of its 2014 water quality certification from the state Department of environmental Protection to operate the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, and electric generation facility located along the Susquehanna River in Peach Bottom Township, York County, and Fulton and Drumore Townships, Lancaster County.  Projects may include stream improvement projects, agricultural best management practices, and small dam removal projects.  Project applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and must use the application form specified in the grant application packageProject applications must be postmarked no later than Saturday, April 30th.  For more information about applying for this grant program, contact Tyler Neimond Habitat Manager PFBC (814-359-5185) or download the application.
  • Keep PA Beautiful: Registration Now Open for 2016 Great American Cleanup of PA.  Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced registration is now open for the 2016 Great American Cleanup of PA to be held March 1 to May 31 across Pennsylvania.  This annual event is held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup and led by a coalition of nonprofit, state agency and business partners.  During this period, registered events can get FREE trash bags, gloves, and safety vests from PennDOT district offices, as supplies last.  Events can be little cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections, and educational events and must be registered through the Great American Cleanup of PA website to receive FREE cleanup supplies.  To register your event visit the Great American Cleanup of PA website.  Or you can contact the Keep Lancaster County Beautiful Coordinator Barbara Baker at (717) 735-0160
  • 2016 TreeVitalize Grant Opportunities.  The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is pleased to announce exciting changes in the TreeVitalize grant program.  DCNR has streamlined the application and granting process and are transitioning to an annual grant round in lieu of multiple grant rounds per calendar year.  This shift will allow communities awarded funding two full planting seasons to complete their projects.  There are also two grant communities can apply for now; Planting Grants and Street Tree Inventory Grants.  Planting Grants are due September 1st and Street Tree preliminary applications are due June 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 c-jcavey@pa.gov.
  • The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) is now accepting applications for grants funded by Act 13 for watershed restoration, abandoned mine drainage abatement, baseline water quality data, orphan or abandoned well plugging, sewage facilities and flood mitigation programs.  For Watershed Restoration projects the overall goal is to restore and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff, and ultimately to remove these streams from the Department of Environmental Protection's Impaired Waters List.  Applicants are strongly urged to contact their House and Senate member to make them aware you intend to submit an application for funding under these programs.  Applications are due June 30th. Questions should be directed to 717-787-6245 or visit the Act 13 webpage for more information.
  • 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.

LITTLE CONESTOGA PARTERNERSHIP HEALTHY WATERSHED STORMWATER INCENTIVES PROGRAM

For more information on the Lancaster County Conservation District's Watershed Program,
contact Matthew W. Kofroth, Watershed Specialist - mattkofroth@lancasterconservation.org or 717-299-5361 ext 124.



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