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County Commissioners approve $3.4 million in ARPA funds for water quality projects in Lancaster County 

Lancaster's collaborative spirit for stewardship and conservation had a tremendous win! The County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve $3.4 million of available American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for water quality projects that will have a transformational impact in Lancaster County. These projects are already in motion, and this funding will take them over the finish line. 

The $3.4 million will leverage $9,094,025 and directly fund agricultural best management practices, stream and floodplain restorations, urban tree plantings, buffer establishment support for landowners, water trail planning, and more.


Photo: Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program
 

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Clean Water Fund Implementation Large Grant applications open July 26

Get your applications ready! We're excited to announce that we'll be accepting another round of applications to the Lancaster Clean Water Fund, Implementation Large Grant category starting July 26. This category grants dollars from the Department of Environmental Protection for significant implementation projects contributing to Lancaster's Countywide Action Plan. 

An information session will be held Tuesday, July 26 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Registration will be open in early July. Applications for this round will be due September 30 and awards will be announced in early January. We'll offer an opportunity to submit draft applications by September 2 with comments guaranteed back on or before September 16.

Keep an eye out for the information session registration in early July. If you have questions before the information session, contact Megan at mblackmon@lancastercleanwaterpartners.com. 

Director of Collaborative Funding

We're hiring! The Partners is looking for an experienced development and/or finance professional to lead and manage the financial strategy and unique, collaborative funding strategy of the countywide effort to improve water quality in Lancaster County. If you or someone you know enjoys working on a small, enthusiastic team, and collaborating with countless countywide partners, this position is a great opportunity!

Interested candidates can apply via Indeed.

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Full-day MS4orum a success! 

The MS4orum, hosted by the Stormwater Action Team, was a success again this year! The full-day event featured 12 presentations tailored specifically to help municipalities address MS4 requirements and meet water quality improvement goals. Attendees filled the Manheim Farm Show building for various breakout sessions, and headed outside to explore a newly completed stream restoration project.

Click the link below to see photos from the event. 

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Important momentum for Lancaster’s waterways

Everyone wants it. It provides countless benefits to public health, local economies, and quality of life. With it, wildlife thrives, communities flourish, and anglers smile. Jeff Swinehart, president and CEO of Lancaster Farmland Trust and steering committee chair of the Partners, is talking about clean water of course. Read his op-ed to learn how the state legislature has the once-in-a-generation opportunity to make critical investments in Pennsylvania’s future.

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Applications open for Lancaster Watershed Leadership Academy 

Are you or someone you know an emerging environmental leader or a lifelong student looking for a new challenge? Applications are open for the 2023 class of the Lancaster Watershed Leadership Academy hosted by the Partners and Penn State University. Get ready to dive into watershed content, leadership development, and field investigations!

Applications are due October 6 to be considered.  

 

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NEWS, RESOURCES, AND OPPORTUNITIES

Achieving Equity When Implementing Workplace Policies, Lancaster County Community Foundation
July 15 from 12-1:30 p.m. / Zoom 
This workshop will provide a leadership and policy teams framework for effectively centering equity in policy development and implementation. Through a collaborative discussion using a 4-question framework (Why are we creating a policy? Who’s impacted? What are the rules? Did we write a good policy?) participants will be led through the process of reviewing and implementing a policy from an equity perspective.

Community Conservation Grant, Lancaster Clean Water Fund 
Applications due July 22, 2022 
The Community Conservation Grant supports education, outreach, and regional engagement projects that improve Lancaster’s water quality through collaboration and creativity. Projects can range from educational campaigns to art installations to water quality monitoring equipment. 

Implementation Small Grant, Lancaster Clean Water Fund 
Applications due July 22, 2022 
The Clean Water Implementation Small Grant supports implementation of collaborative, watershed-scale restoration projects that encourages diverse audiences to improve Lancaster’s water quality at a rapid pace. Projects can range from implementation of agricultural conservation and stormwater practices to riparian buffer plantings to removal of impervious surfaces. 


Implementation Large Grant Information Session, Lancaster Clean Water Fund
Tuesday, July 26th at 1 p.m. / Zoom 
Save the date! The Clean Water Implementation Large Grant supports installation of high-impact projects in priority locations to achieve nutrient and sediment reductions for Lancaster’s Countywide Action Plan. Applications will open on July 26.

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.

Chesapeake Watershed Forum, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay 
November 4-6, 2022 / Shepherdstown, WV
Save the date! The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s 17th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum (to be held in person at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV) is a watershed-wide event reaching over 400 restoration and protection practitioners to inspire and empower local action towards clean water. Registration will open on August 22.

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. 

Lancaster Water Week photos, Lancaster Conservancy
Lancaster Conservancy thanks all of the partners, sponsors, participants, and volunteers for making Lancaster Water Week 2022 a raving success! Lancaster has once again demonstrated a commitment to and passion for clean rivers and streams! Mark your calendars now for the 7th Lancaster Water Week 2023 - June 2-10, 2023.

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.

Learn more at www.lancastercleanwaterpartners.com. 
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