Welcome to the Lancaster County Watershed Website!

This site is designed to promote and foster watershed protection efforts throughout Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Dormant Cutting Gathering Event - Saturday, February 21st from 9AM to ?? at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.  Assist members of the Cocalico Cr. Watershed Association as they gather dormant cuttings for future and past restoration projects.  Dormant cutting are specific shrubs species that if cut when they are dormant will eventually grow if planted in a si mi liar environment.  (ie black willows, red osier dogwoods, silky dogwoods, etc.)  The only skill needed to gather these dormant cutting is the ability to use a hand pruner. Volunteers cut a 2-3 ft. section of the dormant cutting and then put it into a 5 gallon bucket.  The cuttings will then be stored in a cool dark location prior to being placed in the ground in late early spring. this is a great family activity.  If this sounds interesting to you stop on out and cut away.

 

EVENTS & MEETINGS

  • Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance Meeting
    Wednesday, January 28th at 5:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Cocalico Creek Watershed Association Annual Meeting & Spaghetti Dinner
    Monday, February 2nd at 6PM at the Cocalico Sportsman Building (Sportsman Rd., Reinholds) - A great evening of edcuation and dinner awaits you at this annual event.  Join watershed and community members as they learn about issues facing the Cocalico Cr. Watershed now and in the future.  For a nominal fee you can dine, learn, and be entertained for an evening.  For more information or to register for the dinner download the Annual Dinner Flyer.
  • Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Steering Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, Febrary 4th at 3PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Meeting
    Wednesday, February 4th at 7PM at the Rapho Township Bldg. (Colebrook Rd., Manheim)
  • Lancaster County Conservation District Board Meeting
    Wednesday, February 4th at 7:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Millcreek Preservation Association Meeting
    Wednesday, February 5th at 2:30PM at the Ressler Mill Carriage House (Intersection of Stumptown Rd. and Newport Rd., Mascot)
  • Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Meeting
    Monday, February 16th at 7PM at Donegal Presbyterian Church (Donegal Springs Rd., Mount Joy)
  • Donegal Trout Unlimited Meeting
    Wednesday, February 18th at 7PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Meeting
    Tuesday, February 24th at 4PM at the Warwick Township Municipal Bldg. (Clay Rd., Lititz)
  • Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Meeting
    Wednesday, February 25th at 7PM at the Conewago Township Bldg. (Hershey)
  • Friends of Fishing Creek Meeting
    Thursday, February 26th at 7PM at the Todd Property (74 Fairview Rd., New Providence)
  • Pequea Creek Watershed Association Meeting
    Tuesday, March 3rd at 7PM at the Providence Township Building (Mount Airy Rd.)
  • Water Quality Volunteer Coalition Meeting
    Wednesday, March 11th at 2:00PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
  • Octoraro Watershed Association Meeting
    Tuesday, March 3rd at 7PM at the OWA Bldg. (517 Pine Grove Rd., Nottingham)

TIMELY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  • National Fish & Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) Technical Capacity Grants Program now open.  NFWF in partnership with EPA, is soliciting applications from approved NFWF Technical Assistance Providers ("eligible applicants") to provide technical services on behalf of local governments, nonprofit organizations, and conservation districts ("eligible beneficiaries") for projects that enhance local capacity to more efficiently and effectively restore the habitats and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.  Eligible beneficiaries interested in receiving technical capacity assistance through this program are encouraged to consult NFWF current list of eligible applicants which list the expertise, geographic service area, and contact information for approved NFWF Technical Assistance Providers.  Applications may only be submitted by eligible applicants and must list and document the support of at least one eligible beneficiary. Deadline for certain program areas are as follows; for Agricultural Conservation Projects proposals are due February 12th, for Restoration and Community Stewardship Projects proposals are due April 16th, and for Stormwater Management Projects proposals are due September 17th.  For more information on any of these program areas visit the NFWF website.
  • Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Program open.  The Chesapeake Bay Trust, US EPA and others are opening the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns funding program.  The program funds design and implementation funds for practices which enhance green spaces in communities, including implementing urban green stormwater practices, increasing urban green spaces, and replacing impervious surfaces with more permeable materials.  The program deadline is March 13th at 5PM.  For more information visit the Chesapeake Bay Trust Website.
  • 2015 Water Resource Education Network (WREN) Community Watershed Education & Source Water Protection Collaborative Grants now open.  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, businesses and community leaders work together as partners to educate their communities and take action to reduce risks and prevent pollution of the vital aquifers, lakes, rivers, streams, springs, and the places where we fish, swim and enjoy.  For 2015, WREN will offer two different funding tracks: the Watershed Protection Education track (awards up to $5,000) and Source Water Protection Education track (awards of up to $8,000).  Deadline to apply for WREN grant is March 20th.  For more information visit the WREN website.
  • Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) Grant Program is now open.  DCNR's C2P2 Grant Program encourages applications that advance local conservation and recreation vision and those that implement Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Projects C2P2 could fund should focus on Community Park Major Renovation and Rehabilitation Projects, Land Conservation, Rivers Conservation Plan Implementation, Trails, and Recreational Partnership Projects.  The deadline to apply for C2P2 funding is April 16th.  For additional information download the C2P2 Guidelines.
  • Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP) now open.  Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for watershed restoration and protection projects.  The overall goal of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP) 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.  Potential projects should use the funds for construction, improvement, expansion, repair, maintenance or rehabilitation of new or existing watershed protection Best Management Practices.  There is a maximum of $300,000 for any project and a 15% match of the total project cost is required.  The deadline to apply for this funding is June 30th.  For more information or to download the application visit the WRPP website.
  • EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants Program now open.  The environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues.  the program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health concerns in their communities. Successful collaborative partnerships involve not only well-designed strategic plans to build, maintain, and sustain the partnerships, but also working towards addressing the local environmental and public health issues.  For more information on how to call for a pre-application assistance program visit the EPA 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.

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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