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Thank You and Welcome! 

At the December steering committee meeting, the Partners voted unanimously to add three new faces to the steering committee. Welcome to our newest members: Stephen Campbell with the City of Lancaster, Justin Evans with Mount Joy Township, and Jenna Mitchell with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Congratulations! Additionally, we say thank you to Mike Peachey for three years of commitment and expertise to the steering committee. He will transition off the committee officially in 2021. This brings the steering committee from 15 to 17 members. 
 

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Stream Delisting Strategy and Support for Local Farmers

The Lancaster Clean Water Partners, through the Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County, officially submitted its Regional Conservation Partnership Program application on November 25! The RCPP proposal outlines how we can collectively get $10 million over three years – with additional in-kind or cash contributions of $13 million – on the ground to support Lancaster’s Countywide Action Plan (CAP). The work also aligns with the Common Agenda goal of clean and clear water by 2040. The proposal uses the Partners’ delisting strategy, which aims to delist 350 miles of impaired streams by 2030. Ten partner organizations came together to form a leadership team for the project and countless others in workshops leading up to the proposal. Thank you to all who were involved in creating this proposal! 

Read more about RCPP proposal specifics in our white paper. Partners can share the white paper - and the one-pager coming soon! - with colleagues or stakeholders. 

Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program
 

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Get Your Feet Wet! 

Lindsey Deininger, Lancaster Watershed Leadership Academy scholar, vividly remembers learning about the taxonomic ranks in her seventh grade biology class. She spent much of her childhood cultivating an appreciation for science and the natural world. Now she’s exploring ways to get her feet wet with clean water initiatives at home and in her community – and you can, too! 

Winter is an excellent time to research and plan projects for warmer weather. Read six ways you can get started exploring the world of clean water.
 

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Clean Water Fund Projects in the Ground

Rapho Township and Donegal Trout Unlimited have successfully completed their Clean Water Fund projects! Rapho Township stabilized 175 linear feet of streambank and planted .25 acres of riparian buffer along Drager Road. Donegal Trout Unlimited connected four projects with their latest project along Climber’s Run. They restored 1530 linear feet of stream and planted 2.45 acres of riparian buffers. 

Congratulations to the 2019 Clean Water Fund grantees that are finishing up their implementation projects throughout the county and the grantees that will be finished in spring 2021.

 

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Sign up to become a partner organization!

Remember to sign up to become a partner organization! To strengthen and increase collaboration, we created an official partner organization sign up form which allows us to more intentionally manage our partnerships. Even if you’re listed on the website as a partner organization you need to fill out the form. It only takes a few minutes!

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Communication Action Team Relaunch

The Communications Action Team is ready to relaunch in the new year! The team will focus on finalizing the Partners communications plan, developing shared messaging, sharing promotional content, creating  a library of tools and resources, and more. The team will hold a kickoff meeting in late January. Reply to this email if you're interested in joining!

All Action Teams will be shifting focus in the new year to prioritize accomplishing 2021 CAP goals. Co-leads are currently working with the CAP Coordinator team to finalize realistic yet aspirational 2021 goals. It’s a great time to join an Action Team. If you aren’t already, contact a co-lead today to get started.
 

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Resources

2021 NFWF Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grant – Join us on January 7 from 1-2 p.m. to coordinate applications coming from partner organizations in Lancaster County. Register here.
Letter of Interest Due Date: January 15, 2021
Full Proposal Due Date: March 1, 2021

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership, is soliciting proposals to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

Stormwater Lunch & Learn Mini Series – more coming in the new year!
View the 2020 recorded sessions on YouTube
Inspired by the MS4orum, the Stormwater Action Team and the Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium held multiple one-hour webinars, topics ranging from collaborative MS4 projects to calculating agricultural BMPs to count for MS4 requirements. The recorded videos are available to all partners. 

Lancaster Countywide Action Plan: An Update on the Plan to Restore Lancaster’s Waterways
Recorded session on YouTube
The Lancaster Countywide Action Plan outlines Lancaster's path for achieving nitrogen and phosphorus reductions for clean and clear water throughout the county. On Friday, December 4, 2020 the Lancaster Countywide Action Plan Coordinator Team joined the Hourglass Foundation to provide an update on the progress of the plan.

Water Cooler Talk: Climate Change and Water Resources in Pennsylvania
December 30, 2020, 12 a.m. to 1 p.m. // Zoom
Join PennState Extension for the Water Cooler Talk: Climate Change and Water Resources in Pennsylvania webinar and gather around the virtual water cooler as one collective water resource community! Benjamin Watson, Coastal Climate Extension Specialist, will discuss how climate change is rewriting water use, availability, and management in Pennsylvania, with effects on our human and natural systems. 

Wild & Scenic Virtual Film Festival 
January 21, 2021, 7 p.m. // Zoom 
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival brings together incredible selections of films that inform, inspire, and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Festival-goers can expect to see award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.

2021 Best Urban BMP Award Submissions
Submissions due February 5, 2021
The Chesapeake Stormwater Network  is excited to announce that submissions for the 2021 BUBBAs contest will be accepted through February 5, 2021. 

In the News  

Farmers in Pa. unify around conservation-based farming group with goals of better crops, cleaner water, LNP + LancasterOnline

DEP Provides $6 Million to Continue Support for Eight Counties’ Accelerated Progress on Local Water Quality Improvement in Chesapeake Bay Watershed, DEP Newsroom

Year of the Woman: Cindy Adams Dunn, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Disability, Access, and the Outdoors, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay 

Military veterans install more than 500 plants in Lancaster County Conservation project, LNP + LancasterOnline

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