The Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium
partnering with The Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance and
LandStudies, Inc. using funding from the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation to develop a Strategic
Action Plan for the Little Conestoga Watershed. Please see the 'Current
Activities and Projects' page for more information.
For further details email
Angie Sowers at
The Consortium is a forum for municipal officials, engineers,
business and others to share resources and work in partnership
toward compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US
EPA) Phase II Stormwater requirements. It is the
the Consortium to develop a proactive, efficient and
cohesive countywide strategy to restore the waterways of Lancaster
County, Pennsylvania, ultimately resulting in compliance with
federal and state regulations intended to reduce pollution and
accelerate restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. It
is the goal of the Consortium to bring all
stakeholders to one table to design equitable policies and
solutions. The Consortium will provide members with a variety
of educational and informational materials and seminars.
Pick Five to Help Water Quality...
- Plant trees and other native vegetation
to promote water infiltration. Trees also provide natural
cooling in the summertime to help minimize energy use. If your
property borders a stream, plant trees along its banks. Trees
help to stabilize the banks and filter excess nutrients from the
- Fertilize your lawn
only when needed to establish vegetation or when called for by a
soil test. Many lawns may not need to be fertilized at all,
especially with phosphorous. When fertilizer is applied, use a
spreader that has been recently calibrated and apply at the minimum
recommended area at the proper time.
- Reduce energy
consumption because power plants are a significant contributor of
nitrogen to the atmosphere in the form of NOx. NOx is then
deposited on land by rainfall and is a source of excessive nitrogen
in our local water ways and the Bay.
- Reduce fuel consumption
- cars are also a significant source of atmospheric nitrogen.
- Do not connect sump pumps, cellar drains or roof drains to the
sanitary sewer system. Disconnect them if they are already
connected. Modern sanitary sewers are designed to handle
sewage only, not stormwater. Stormwater can overwhelm a sanitary
sewer system, straining treatment plant capacity and potentially
causing sewer overflows.
- Minimize use of the garbage
disposal, and utilize a backyard composter instead. It reduces the
burden on sewer systems and the compost is a good source of
fertilizer for gardens.
- Compost grass clippings and autumn
leaves. They are a natural source of fertilizer and organic
matter for your lawn and the trees from which they came.
- Minimize stormwater runoff from your property - utilize rain
barrels, rain gardens and pervious surfaces to promote infiltration
of stormwater, thereby filtering excessive nutrients instead of
directly depositing them into storm drains and waterways.
- Maintain your septic system - overburdened or malfunctioning
septic systems are a source of nitrogen to groundwater and local
LCCWC Steering Committee
Joellyn Warren, Chair*- West Lampeter
Scott Hain, Vice-Chair*- David
Jay Snyder, Treasurer*-
Borough of Ephrata
Bingham*- East Hempfield Township
Kent Gardner*- West Hempfield Township
Mark Gutshall*- LandStudies, Inc.
Heather Valudes*-Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and
Kara Kalupson*-West Lampeter Township
Sharyn Young*-Penn Township
Mike LaSala- LandStudies, Inc
Johnson/Kent Bitting- Lancaster County Conservation District
Lancaster County Conservation District
Fritz Schroeder- LIVE
Mike Kyle- Lancaster Area Sewer Authority
Penn State University
Charlotte Katzenmoyer- City of Lancaster- Dept. Of
Angie Sowers, Secretary
US EPA's Mid-Atlantic Regional Office