Delisting strategy progress in priority catchments

On-the-ground partners are making progress using the rapid stream delisting strategy! After a little over a year of employing the strategy, partners have completed outreach to approximately 39% of landowners of high-priority farms, with outreach anticipated to 100% estimated to be complete by fall 2022. Across all catchments, implementation is on track for 76% of the agricultural restoration goals and 84% of buffer restoration goals. Twelve of the 21 catchments are on track to meet restoration goals by 2024.

The Partners held a series of workshops to select new catchments that would be best suited for the delisting strategy. Although there is still much work to accomplish in the current delisting catchments, a longer list will help to direct funding and provide flexibility in the case of leads being exhausted in some catchments. Potential new catchments are being considered based upon water quality, opportunity, and existing momentum. Partners will continually meet regularly in catchment meetings to prioritize outreach and determine opportunities and needs.

Contact Megan Blackmon with questions or for more information. 

A Big Win for Lancaster County’s Iconic Landscape and Waterways

Lancaster County Commissioners voted to approve $2.8 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to Lancaster Farmland Trust and Lancaster Conservancy to accelerate efforts to protect more farmland and acquire more publicly accessible natural lands. Congratulations to these partner organizations for the incredible work ahead to protect Lancaster’s landscape and waterways!

Photo: Jenn Teson of Conewago Creek

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Nominations open for Mira Lloyd Dock Award

In her diverse, low-income, and predominantly refugee and immigrant Mussertown neighborhood, Shauna Yorty works with neighbors on Adopt-A-Block weekly trash cleanups, community art projects, and large-scale mural events not far from the community garden she leads. For these efforts, and much more, Shauna received the Mira Lloyd Dock Award, presented by the Keystone Ten Million Trees Partnership. Applications are open again for 2022! Awardee(s) will receive $5,000 worth of native trees and supplies to use towards a 2023 tree project.

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Explore Lancaster's headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay

Dwayne Steager joined the Lancaster Watershed Leadership Academy to “round out” his knowledge of stormwater issues and to motivate others to take action for clean water. He encourages anyone working in the municipal stormwater world to take the leap and join! He thinks it's an amazing opportunity to meet people you typically wouldn’t and to explore Lancaster County from the headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay. Hear more about Dwayne’s Academy journey and apply by October 6.

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Habitat assessment training a success 

Habitat assessments are a critical piece of the rapid stream delisting strategy because it’s crucial data that DEP uses to add or remove a stream from the impaired list. In August, volunteers and conservation professionals from Centre, Lancaster, Blair, Snyder, and Union counties traveled to a Lancaster farm and trail to learn how to conduct physical habitat assessments. A huge thank you to Dustin Shull who conducted the training and the Chesapeake Conservancy for partnering on the event!

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Municipal Team Project Designer, David Miller/Associates
The candidate should possess 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. Email cover letter and resume to Scott Hain at

Civil Engineer, David Miller/Associates
The candidate should possess 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. Email cover letter and resume for Civil Engineer to Scott Hain at

Intern position, Hourglass
Applications due September 1 for Fall Internship 
Are you passionate about issues impacting Lancaster County? Are you looking to gain experience in communications and marketing, event planning, research, writing, photography, video or graphic design? Consider an internship at Hourglass!

Young Professionals of Color (YPC) Mentorship Program, Choose Clean Water Coalition
Applications due September 9, 2022
Now in its seventh year, YPC is designed to empower and equip young BIPOC professionals with the skill sets needed to advance in their environmental careers. The main goals for this program are to increase representation from BIPOC people in leadership positions, foster safe spaces for community building, and develop shared opportunities for learning.

Implementation Large Grant open, Lancaster Clean Water Fund
Applications due September 30, 2022
Get your applications ready! The Lancaster Clean Water Fund is open for another round of applications to the Implementation Large Grant category. This category grants dollars from the Department of Environmental Protection for significant implementation projects contributing to Lancaster's Countywide Action Plan. 

Photo Contest, Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation
Submissions due by noon on September 30
The annual Parks & Forests Thru the Seasons photo contest allows professional and amateurs alike to vie for supremacy in a variety of categories, capturing all that is special and the memories that are made in our state parks and forests. All photo submissions are due by noon on September 30, 2022.

Extra Give, Lancaster County Community Foundation
November 18, 2022
Be part of Lancaster County's community-wide celebration of giving! On November 18, you can join thousands of people across the community to support more than 500 local organizations in our region. 

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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