For Fun and Memories, Just Add Water

One of Dave Salley’s favorite childhood memories is fishing with his grandpa. He attributes his love for the outdoors, and now position with the Partners as the Technical Coordinator, to those fond moments. “When I’d catch a fish, my grandpa’s face would burst into a proud smile, even if it was just a little Sunny,” he says. “I feel that I have a responsibility to help with the effort of cleaning up our waterways so that others can create memories like the ones I had.” 

As the Technical Coordinator, Dave identifies opportunities for efficient and effective best management practices (BMPs) at a watershed-scale as well as facilitating collaborative efforts to accomplish water quality improvements associated with those BMPs. He serves as a key leader for leveraging collective grant dollars, pushing permit processes, tracking and verifying groundwork of partner organizations, and establishing landowner agreements to accomplish priority projects.

Read more about Dave’s love for the outdoors and why he’s excited for his role as Technical Coordinator. Don’t hesitate to drop him a line to see how you can work with him to take action!

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Collaboration for stronger NFWF applications!

Last week, partners gathered to increase collaboration on NFWF grant applications. A NFWF field liaison shared insight on how to strengthen applications, we discussed shared language from the Partners, reviewed key layers on the Collaborative Watershed Mapping Tool, and emphasized the Countywide Action Plan as a tool for all applications. Email Megan Blackmon for resources or with questions. More information on grant specifics below.

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Financial and Development Director position open

We're hiring! The Partners is looking for a talented team-player to lead and manage both the financial strategy and unique, collaborative financing approaches needed for the countywide clean water effort. 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!

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Restoring balance

Thank you Rep. Bryan Cutler and Senator Scott Martin for your strong message, supportive words, and authenticity in a joint op-ed published in Lancaster Farming. We’re inspired by your leadership and support of Lancaster’s collective work for water quality. We need a collective, collaborative voice to achieve our goals!

Photo provided by Jodi Sulpizio to Lancaster Farming for the opinion piece. 

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Volunteer water testing opportunities

Water quality testing is becoming increasingly important as Lancaster continues to collectively work towards clean and clear waterways. Volunteers like Todd Umstead with the Conestoga River Club and several other volunteers with the Water Quality Volunteer Coalition are critical to our clean water efforts! If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity, consider becoming a water quality testing volunteer. And read about Lancaster’s monitoring efforts and successes in LNP. 

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Community Conservation Partnership Program Applications Open, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Applications due April 6, 2022 
DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program (C2P2) grant can fund various projects related to riparian forest buffers, waterway conservation, statewide and regional partnerships, recreation and conservation planning, land acquisition and conservation, trails, and park rehabilitation and development. 
Watershed Improvement Grants, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission 
Applications due April 15, 2022
Grants are available from the PFBC to address habitat improvement and sediment reduction projects in York and Lancaster counties. To be eligible, projects must be in York or Lancaster counties and be a habitat improvement or a sediment reduction project. This round of projects is expected to be announced in July.

Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (R3) Grant Program, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Applications due April 15, 2022
The R3 Education Grant Program (R3 Grant) provides funding to support R3-related educational programs delivered by our partners. Supporting partners in their efforts to deliver such programming significantly increases the number of learning opportunities provided to current, past, and future anglers and boaters.

Small Watershed Grants, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Applications due April 21, 2022
Small Watershed Implementation (SWG-I) Grants of $75,000-$500,000 will be awarded for projects that result in direct, on-the-ground  actions to protect and restore water quality, species, and habitats in the Bay watershed. Small Watershed Planning and Technical Assistance (SWG-PTA) Grants up to $75,000 will be awarded for projects that enhance local capacity to implement future on-the-ground actions through community-based assessment, planning, design, and other technical assistance-oriented activities.

Most Effective Basins Grants, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Applications due April 28, 2022
Grants of up to $1,000,000 are available for projects that accelerate implementation of cost-effective agricultural best management practices in selected basins of the Chesapeake Bay watershed of Pennsylvania. Technical assistance costs associated with conservation planning, the design and engineering of eligible practices, and oversight and management of practice implementation are eligible costs under the program (max. Of 10% of grant request).
Huplits Wildlife Grant, Allegheny Group Sierra Club
Applications due May 1, 2022
Proposals are sought to help protect animal wildlife and wildlife habitat in Pennsylvania. Preference will be given to proposals that work in partnership with Sierra Club and are aligned with the goals of local PA Sierra Club Groups and require a support letter from the local group. If interested in applying, please contact Joni Hauck, Treasurer of Sierra Club - Lancaster Group, at before applying.

Susquehanna Riverlands Mini-Grants, Lancaster Conservancy
Letter of Intent due May 6 by 5 p.m.
The Susquehanna Riverlands Mini-Grant Program provides targeted funding opportunities in the form of small competitive grants, ranging from $2,500 to $15,000, towards projects that advance the mission of the Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape.


Pennsylvania-Delaware Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional 
Apply TODAY (March 31, 2022) 
Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) is looking to add a new person to its team. This is a home-based, part-time position, with lots of flexibility and autonomy, and will be a great opportunity for a creative and entrepreneurial person based in PA to help us grow CBLP programs. Candidates should send resume and letter of interest to Apply here.

Corporate Sustainability Projects Specialist, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay 
Apply by April 3, 2022
The Corporate Sustainability Projects Specialist will support and develop the Alliance’s business partnerships in the agricultural supply chain sector in the region, advance planning efforts related to the intersection of water quality and corporate sustainability goals, and build new private business partnerships to scale up the Alliance’s successful best management practice implementation efforts. Apply here.

PA Trout Unlimited Chapter Wins Award for Stream Clean Up Efforts, Chesapeake Bay Magazine

2022 Annual Meeting, Lancaster Conservancy
April 21, 2022 at 6 p.m. 
Celebrate a year filled with accomplishments thanks to the support of this community. During the meeting you will hear from the Conservancy’s leadership about the strategic planning and project implementation taking place to protect and restore the natural lands in our region. You will also get a chance to vote in new board members, celebrate our outgoing board member, and honor our volunteers and community partners for their outstanding contributions to help save nature.

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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