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East Cocalico Township Completes Streambank Stabilization and Buffer Planting Along Stony Run

East Cocalico Township recently stabilized 265 feet of streambanks and planted 75 feet of riparian buffer along a section of Stony Run, a small stream adjacent to the township building. With lack of adequate vegetation along the stream, the streambanks became severely eroded. In most areas, the vertical bank height ranged from three to four feet. It is estimated the project will prevent 30,475 pounds of sediment from entering the stream each year.

With the project so close to the township building, countless residents can see, enjoy, and learn about the work. When the trees planted are sufficiently established, they will be used to cut live stakes suitable for other streambank stabilization projects elsewhere in the township. 

The project was partially funded by the Clean Water Fund in 2019 and will count towards Lancaster's efforts to accomplish Lancaster’s Countywide Action Plan (CAP). More information about projects funded by the Clean Water Fund can be found here.

Coming in November: Lancaster-Lebanon Watershed Forum and Science Symposium

Save the date for the Lancaster-Lebanon Watershed Forum and Science Symposium on November 19 and 20. We invite partners conducting research, advancing science, and working to improve our local watersheds to gather and share their work! Located at Elizabethtown College in the Susquehanna Room.

Detailed agenda and logistics to come.


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Share buffer success stories during the first annual riparian buffer month

Do you know of a stellar riparian buffer that should be in the spotlight? The Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC) is excited to establish October as “Riparian Buffer Month” to celebrate riparian buffers, highlight the benefits they provide in a variety of settings, promote events, and fundraise for this sustainable practice. As part of the celebration, CCLC will be featuring buffer success stories from partners across the Bay watershed. Submit yours before September 12th to be included! 

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Update on Lancaster’s Countywide Action Plan

Lancaster’s team is re-evaluating its CAP before the late September deadline for the second annual progress update. All the pilot counties–Adams, Franklin, Lancaster, and York–met with the Chesapeake Bay Office at DEP and its technical team as part of the two-year milestone review. We have the opportunity to adjust the amount and the types of specific practices plus add or revise our programmatic and policy recommendations. If you have questions or recommendations for the CAP, reach out to Allyson by September 14th. 

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For a crucial conservation effort, the decades have made the difference

Of the many conservation practices that farmers can adopt, planting trees along streams is one of the most effective ways to keep soil in place and advance the recovery of local waters as well as the Chesapeake Bay. But to be effective, fragile saplings have to live long enough to become a forest that shades the water and soaks up nutrient pollution with its roots. One farmer in Lancaster has experienced the evolution firsthand, and can recount two decades of trial and error that have led to progress on his family’s 200 acres.

Read the Chesapeake Bay Program's latest story to learn more about Roger Rohrer’s conservation successes. 

Written and photographs by Will Parson


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Nominations Open: Mira Lloyd Dock Partnership Award, Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership
Nominations due by September 3, 2021
Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, is seeking nominations for the Mira Lloyd Dock Partnership Award, which recognizes diverse conservationists within the context of local history, courage, leadership and purpose. 

River Walk, Susquehanna River Basin Commission
September 17, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.  // SRBC Office Building in Harrisburg
Help celebrate Susquehanna River Basin Commission’s 50 years of river stewardship by taking a walk along the banks of the mighty Susquehanna River. You’re invited to walk 1.1 miles upstream on the Harrisburg Capital Area Greenbelt while speaking with SRBC staff and learn more about the river and conservation efforts. RSVP by September 8 to

Extraordinary Give Applications Open, Lancaster County Community Foundation
Applications due on October 18, 2021
The Extraordinary Give is a special day to connect your organization to generous donors. Apply now to be part of the celebration and start planning the best way to create an extraordinary experience for your organization! Looking to include clean water in your ask? Contact us for ideas! 

$5 Million Gift to Conservancy Helps Protect Lancaster’s Natural Landscapes, Lancaster Conservancy
An exceedingly generous donation has been made to the Lancaster Conservancy by the Clark Associates Charitable Foundation, in celebration of the Clark Associates’ 50th Anniversary! This important philanthropic contribution will help support land acquisition efforts and stewardship of the nature preserves in the Lancaster River Hills, an area along the Susquehanna River between Safe Harbor and Holtwood Dam. Congratulations to the Lancaster Conservancy! 

Registration Open: Buffer Certificate and Urban Buffer Design Charrette, Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals
Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals is bringing back its Buffers certificate course in addition to the Urban Buffers Design Charrette “add-on.” These courses will be held on Tuesdays in October and November. The Buffers certificate course is available in Pennsylvania and Virginia. The two-day Urban Buffers course is only available in Virginia. A limited number of partial scholarships is available, provided by generous funding from the James River Association, Penn State University, and RISE.  

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Panel Discussion, Choose Clean Water Coalition
Recording available
This panel discussion features staff from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and representatives from Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative to learn how they are helping Turkey Hill's milk suppliers reach 100 percent environmental compliance and develop conservation plans. These plans enable farmers to implement buffers, cover crops, and other conservation practices to improve local water quality and make progress towards Pennsylvania's TMDL goals. 

Mayflyer July/August 2021 Newsletter, Donegal Trout Unlimited 

Healthy Waters Newsletter, DEP Chesapeake Bay Office

Farm funding is our best shot to reduce pollution in Chesapeake, Bay Journal

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, Pennsylvania 17601

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