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Save the date for the next (outside, in-person!) Semi-Annual Partners Meeting on June 22, 2021. More details coming soon!
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500 trees closer to clean and clear!

On May 21, the Action Teams came together to plant 2.5 acres of riparian forest buffer along the Little Conestoga Creek in Overlook Park. Based on the Chesapeake Bay Nutrient and Sediment Load Reduction Model, this initial 2.5 acre planting will annually filter out 59 pounds of nitrogen, 2.6 pounds of phosphorus, and 3,471 pounds of sediment. The goal is to fully reforest more than 8 acres in the park by the end of the year to further reduce urban runoff, erosion, and restore the stream to its natural beauty and function. Thank you to the Buffer Action Team for planning this event! Keep a lookout for more team plantings in the fall.

Operate with a bias towards action? Join an Action Team to collaborate with other countywide boots on the ground experts and technical service providers! Email Emily Smedley today to join. 

Connect and Prep! Grants coordination opportunity on June 1

Are you a Lancaster County partner thinking of applying for a Growing Greener, 319, and/or Clean Water Fund grant? Join us for our Connect and Prep event on June 1 at 2 p.m. to connect with partners and coordinate applications! Connect with other partners planning projects in order to create stronger applications. We’ll share ideas and resources, and then breakout by watershed so applicants learn about proposed projects happening right next door to each other. You can also get the required letter from the CAP Coordinator for Growing Greener and 319 grants if you attend.
*This has been changed to a virtual event. There is no in-person meeting option.

Photo from Jan 2021 NFWF INSR Connect and Prep event


DEIJ efforts strong and expanding

Last year, our communities witnessed the murder of George Floyd and the blossoming demand for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We’ve lived up to our three commitments to start a DEIJ advisory committee, discuss DEIJ efforts with the Steering Committee, and continue to learn independently and together. But our work continues. Throughout the rest of 2021, we will continue to discuss DEIJ efforts with partner organizations to determine needs and efforts. We will collaborate with organizations working in diverse, underserved communities to expand our clean water resources. And we will fully integrate our DEIJ commitment as an organizational value (coming this summer). 

We want to hear from you. What is your organization doing to strengthen DEIJ efforts? How can we expand your organization's capacity or impact? Email Emily Smedley to get the conversation started or join the DEIJ advisory team (

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Lancaster Water Week and MS4orum (In-person!) Coming in June

Get ready for the fifth Lancaster Water Week on June 4-12. This year, there’s over 20 events, virtual and in-person options, that celebrate Lancaster’s unique waterways and educate communities to take action. There’s no shortage of fun with streamside work days, educational lectures, creek stomps and paddles, and municipal tours. 

As part of Water Week, the MS4orum is back, outside, and in-person on June 7. Attendees will rotate as small groups between four locations to learn about rain gardens, stormwater basins, rainwater reuse, riparian buffers, maintenance, and grant applications from the municipal staff that made the projects happen! If you're interested in becoming a sponsor or vendor, contact Kristen Koch for more information ( 


RCPP Update 

In late April, the Partners’ Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) proposal was awarded $7.4 million to implement best management practices on agricultural lands, resulting in restored and healthy streams. We're ready to get to work! From contracting details with NRCS to local experts leading outreach on the ground, our partner organizations are collectively driving the momentum for success. Stay up to date on our website for more details!

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Faithful Green Leaders Training, Interfaith Partners of the Chesapeake
Three-part training session on June 10, 17, 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. 
This training will review how to establish and grow a green team at your congregation, develop an action plan for your Green Team, ways to enhance your communication skills to help spread the word, and more. Join the multiple congregations from Lancaster who have already gone through the training and are ready to engage new projects!

Lancaster Clean Water Fund, Lancaster County Community Foundation
Since 2019, the Clean Water Fund has provided $972,000 to 16 nonprofits and municipalities working on stream restoration, riparian buffer plantings, agricultural BMPs, education, and stormwater management projects. The fund addresses the immense need for clean water work throughout the county, and provides financial support to bring ideas to life. Learn more and apply today!

Collaborative Watershed Mapping Tool 2.0
The mapping tool was originally launched in 2019, but has now undergone updates and upgrades to meet your needs as partner organizations. Updates include recently released datasets, new layers to encourage collaboration among a more diverse group of partners, a user-friendly interface, opportunities to download data layers directly from the layer list, and new data highlighting the current initiatives of the Lancaster Clean Water Partners. 


Remembrance, Hope and Work
YWCA Lancaster

‘We Want to Do Our Little Part’: Lancaster Farm Buffers Its Effect on Chesapeake Bay
Lancaster Farming

A Riparian Buffer Takes Root in Lancaster County
Lancaster Farming

An extremely good filter: Hundreds of plants installed along stream in Manheim Township park

Millions in federal funding to cover costs of restoring 350 miles of Lancaster County streams

Gov. Wolf, Chesapeake Conservancy & Partners Announce Initiative to Restore 30 Agriculturally Impaired Streams by 2030
Governor's Office

50 Stories: Dreams of a Forested Future
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay 

David Wise, Stroud Center, Recognized With Watershed Forestry Leadership Award
PA Environmental Digest




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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