Local agriculture operator making a difference

To celebrate #RiparianBufferMonth, we’re spotlighting local agriculture operator, Mark Heller! In 2018, Mark looked out over his property in Lancaster County and saw a muddy, heavily used meadow right up to the edge of a stream with eroding banks. He thought “this doesn’t look healthy.” But he didn’t see a way to readily correct the problems.

Since receiving help from Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center and other local partners, Mark has installed several conservation practices on his land, including a three-acre riparian forest buffer. He’s also participated in a pilot buffer establishment program and now offers tours of his property in Manheim.

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Lancaster Clean Water Fund supports 9 inspirational projects in latest cycle 

The Lancaster Clean Water Fund, administered by the Lancaster County Community Foundation and managed by the Lancaster Clean Water Partners, awarded $107,000 to nine clean water projects for the 2022 grant round (only including the Community Conservation and Implementation Small Grant categories). Each project is not only creative and collaborative, but focuses on ways to accomplish clean and clear water in Lancaster by 2040. Projects range from conservation practice implementation to educational outreach, signage, and events. 

Congratulations to the following grantees: Chiques Creek Watershed Association, Conestoga River Club, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, Lancaster Conservancy, Lancaster Science Factory, Londonderry Township, Mount Joy Borough, River Stewards Collaborative, and the Spanish American Civic Association.

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Bioretention corridor complete in Lititz Borough

This month, the North Lane rain garden project, funded in 2021 through the Lancaster Clean Water Fund, was completed in Lititz Borough. The 0.02 acres of rain garden and 0.011 acres of vegetated swale will take excess water from North Lane, filter it while reducing the ponding on the roadway, and then discharge the clean water to nearby Lititz Run. These implemented practices complete a bioretention corridor on North Lane.

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Above and beyond MS4

West Cocalico Township is going above and beyond its MS4 requirements to further improve local water quality! LandStudies recently restored 3,867 linear feet of degraded stream channel, removed 18,000 cubic yards of legacy sediment, restored more than eight acres of floodplain, and planted nearly 13 acres of riparian buffer. All of these practices will get us one step closer to achieving Lancaster's Countywide Action Plan

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ExtraGive on November 18

Are you ready to be a part of ExtraGive with the Lancaster County Community Foundation? Join thousands of people across the community to support more than 400 local organizations in the region. The real success of ExtraGive will be the tremendous impact those dollars will have when nonprofits across the community put them to work! When you visit on Nov 18, the first visible Leaderboard will be the “Donor Leaderboard” with the number of unique donors to each organization.

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Lancaster Revolving Water Fund partners with East Lampeter Township

The Revolving Water Fund is an innovative finance program using an outcomes-based approach to support municipal needs and local landowner needs for overall water quality improvement. The public and private partnerships that make this program possible is a prime example of how Lancaster is leading the way with new ideas for bigger results!

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Civil Engineer, David Miller/Associates
The candidate should have a BS in Civil Engineering, and E.I.T. certification or valid P.E. license. Project experience of 2-8 years to include subdivision, land development and storm water management. 

Director of Programs, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake
The Director of Programs will serve as a thought partner with the Executive Director in aligning programs with the strategic direction of the organization. The Director will direct IPC’s programmatic strategy and implementation to advance our mission through leadership cultivation and congregational engagement. 

Geospatial Analyst, Chesapeake Conservancy
The Geospatial Analyst is a key team member in geospatial analysis projects focused on conservation, restoration, and environmental policy in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Types of projects include producing land cover and stream channels in high resolution, prioritizing restoration efforts of stakeholder groups, assessing future impacts of climate change, and supporting equitable access to Bay recreation.

Municipal Team Project Designer, David Miller/Associates
The candidate should have a BS in Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Science, or related curriculum. Project experience of 2-plus years to include subdivision, land development and stormwater management. 

Water Program Specialist, Department of Environmental Protection
Applications due November 10
The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking a Water Program Specialist to provide technical support relative to the regional implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

Web GIS Specialist/Cartographer, Chesapeake Conservancy
The Web GIS Specialist/Cartographer will be responsible for the design, publishing, maintenance, and administration of the Conservation Innovation Center’s web-based mapping products and responding to ongoing cartographic map requests of our geospatial data from internal and external clients.


Buffer Fall Maintenance Event, Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance
November 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. / Constitution Square Park
Join East Petersburg Borough and Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance along the Little Conestoga Creek! Activities to Include: Tree Tube Maintenance, Tree Plantings and Stone Placement around tree tubes. 

PA In the Balance Conference, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences
December 12-14, 2022 / Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
This conference will provide a collaborative forum where motivated leaders throughout Pennsylvania’s agricultural and environmental community can come together and collectively identify funding and collaborative strategies that can help us ensure vibrant, productive agriculture while meeting water quality goals for the Commonwealth’s rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay. 

Volunteer Workday at Climbers Run Nature Center, Lancaster Conservancy
December 17, 2022 9-12 / Climbers Run Nature Center 
Get and give back by removing damaging invasive plants from Climbers Run Nature Center! Removing these non-native plants will help make room for more biodiversity and native species to be re-introduced.

The Lancaster Clean Water Partners is a countywide, collaborative partnership of diverse partner organizations that come together with a shared vision of clean and clear Lancaster waterways by 2040.

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Lancaster Clean Water Partners
1383 Arcadia Road
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601

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