Welcome to the Lancaster County Watershed Website!
This site is designed to promote and foster watershed protection efforts throughout Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
- Pequea Creek Watershed Association Annual Tributary Assessment Event
Saturday, June 8th from 9AM to ?? around the Quarryville Wastewater Treatment plant downstream (North behind Martin's) Volunteers interested in participating in this annual spring event will be walking in and along the stream looking for potential work site areas for the group in the future. Please wear appropriate outdoor attire for wet and muddy conditions. If interested or for more information on this event please contact Kara Kalupson.
EVENTS & MEETINGS
- Lititz Run Watershed Alliance Meeting
Tuesday, May 28th at 4PM at the Warwick Township Municipal Bldg. (Clay Rd., Lititz)
- Tri-County Conewago Creek Association Meeting
Wednesday, May 29th at 7PM at the Conewago Township Bldg, (3279 Old Hershey Rd., Elizabethtown)
- Cocalico Creek Watershed Association Meeting
Monday, June 3rd at 7PM at Ephrata Wastewater Treatment Plant #2 (43 Springhouse Rd., Ephrata)
- Octoraro Watershed Association Meeting
Tuesday, June 4th at 7PM at the OWA Bldg. (517 Pine Grove Rd., Nottingham)
- Pequea Creek Watershed Association Meeting
Tuesday, June 4th at 7PM at the Providence Township Bldg. (Mount Airy Rd., New Providence)
- Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 5th at 3PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, June 5th at 7PM at the Rapho Township Bldg. (Colebrook Rd., Manheim)
- Lancaster County Conservation District Board Meeting
Wednesday, June 5th at 7:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Friends of Fishing Creek Watershed Association Kids Fishing Derby
Saturday, June 8th from 9AM to noon at the Valley Lea Riding Club (Furniss Rd., Drumore) The annual Friends of Fishing Creek Kids Fishing Derby is always a great family fun activity. The Riding Club is a great location for this event and there is plenty of room to catch that big one. Refreshments are served, along with horse rides and other activities as well. The event is FREE but registration is required. For more information visit the Friends of Fishing Creek website. So get up early and get that prime spot for the big one.
- Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance Watershed Expo II
Wednesday, June 19 from 6 to 8PM at the Lancaster Leiderkrantz (Lancaster) For the second time in the last three years the Chiques Cr. group is having a family fun event for local watershed residents. A number of great family events will be going on throughout the evening and lots of learning stations will also be out for people to learn about local water resources. Food and educational talks will also be a part of this evening. This is a FREE event and family friendly. For more information download the Watershed Expo Flyer. Bring the whole family and have a good time under the stars learning about your local watersheds.
- Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, June 19th at 5:30PM at Village Grande (Harrisburg Pk. across from Gold's Gym)
- Donegal Trout Unlimited Meeting
Wednesday, June 19th at 6:00PM at Millport Conservancy (Millport Rd., Lititz)
- Water Quality Volunteer Coalition Meeting
Wednesday, July 10th at 2:30PM at the Farm & Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster)
- Mill Creek Preservation Association Meeting
Thursday, August 8th at 2:00PM at the Ressler Mill Carriage House (Route 772, Mascot)
- Donegal Fish & Conservation Association Meeting
Monday, September 9th at 7PM at Donegal Presbyterian Church (Donegal Springs Rd., Mount Joy)
TIMELY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- The National Fish & wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund announced it's 2013 funding cycle. The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund will award approximately $8 million - $10 million in grants in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Program. Proposals are due Thursday June 6th. For more information on either grant program visit the NFWF website. Grants will be awarded in two categories:
- Small Watershed Grants (SWGs) of $20,000 to $200,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and local governments working to protect and improve local waters that contribute to the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay, while building citizen-based resource stewardship. these grants require minimum matching contributions valued at 25% of total project costs.
- Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants (INSRGs) of $200,000 to $750,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, local governments, universities and state agencies to demonstrate innovative approaches to accelerate adoption of the most cost effective and sustainable approaches to reducing nutrient and sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay. These grants encourage non-Federal matching contributions valued at 50% of total project costs (i.e., 1:1 ratio)
- The Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini Grant Program supports activities such as Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE), teacher professional development and programs to advance environmental literacy in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Non-profit organizations, community associations, faith based organizations and others can apply. Grants up to $5,000 can be requested. The Trust requires that all non-Title 1 schools provide funding for at least half of their field trip or experiences costs. The grant deadline is June 7th. For more information visit the Chesapeake Bay Trust website.
- Applications are sought for The Walkable Watershed Initiative, a new opportunity for local governments and community organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region to improve both water quality and the quality of life in urban, under served areas. This Initiative calls for visualizing a range of physical improvements that transform a neighborhood, from better creek access and vegetation to enhanced sidewalks, street plantings, parks, and other communal spaces. The value of professional services and materials is approximately $30,000. Application Deadline is July 1st. For more information visit the Walkable Watershed Website.
- The Commonwealth Financing Authority(CFA) is now accepting applications for grants under the Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund Programs covering watershed restoration and protection, water quality data, greenways, trails, and recreation, and other environmental projects. Eligible applicants include local governments, watershed organizations, for-profit business, councils of governments or other authorized organizations. Notify your legislators if you plan to apply for funding under this program. Applications are due July 31st and will be considered at the CFA's November 13th meeting. For more information contact Brian Eckert or Matthew Karnell at (717) 787-6245 to discuss potential projects before commencing the application process or visit the CFA website.
- The American Honda Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Honda Motor Company, is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Environmental projects, job training, and literacy programs also will be considered. Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, public school districts, and private/public elementary and secondary schools listed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. The foundation accepts applications on a quarterly basis. Deadlines for the 2013 grantmaking cycle are August 1st and November 1st. See the Americn Honda Foundation website for eligibility and application guidelines as well as descriptions of previous grants.
- Wells Fargo & Company announced a $15 million relationship with the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) that launches its new environmental grant program aimed at awarding $100 million to nonprofit organizations and universities by 2020. The five-year program with NFWF will combine the nonprofits' scientific expertise with Wells Fargo's philanthropic and volunteer resources to promote environmental stewardship in communities across the U. S. Wells Fargo-NFWF grants will fund proposals focused in the following areas: sustainable agriculture and forestry, conservation of land and water resources, restoration of urban ecosystems, and clean energy infrastructure. Projects that will encourage volunteerism and benefit under served communities will be preferred. In addition to its collaboration with NFWF, Well Fargo's new environmental grant program also includes an emphasis on environmental and clean technology innovation. The goal is to find, foster and fund innovative projects and entrepreneur programs that support the commercialization of new and emerging clean technologies, including the advancements of renewable energy, "greener" buildings, alternative transportation, water technologies, and sustainable agriculture practices. Details about the new environmental grant program are available at the Wells Fargo 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.