Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium


Lancaster County Conservation District
1383 Arcadia Road
Lancaster, PA 17601




Current Activities and Projects

Inspecting and Maintaining Your Stormwater BMPs

Join the Chesapeake Stormwater Network (CSN) for a one-day workshop on how to quickly and effectively inspect and maintain your stormater management practices.  Learn why maintaining your stormwater practices are so important for protecting the health of your local streams.  Then, be introduced to CSN's Visual Indicators approach to learn how to rapidly assess the condition of your stormwater practices and diagnose any potential problems that could impact their performance.  Access more information and directions on how to register from the workshop flyer.

3rd Annual Clear Waters Golf Tournament - June 5, 2017

LCCWC participatedin Lancaster Water Week this year by hosting the annual Clear Waters Golf Tournament at the Conestoga Country Club on Monday, June 5.  Although it rained all day, the 80 golfers enjoyed their time on the course and had the opportunity to see stormwater restoration projects in action.  The proceeds from the day help fund the Consortium's mini-grant program.  Thank you to all the golfers, sponsors, and volunteers for making the event a success!

2017 Stormwater Mini-Grant Program

The 2017 Stormwater Mini-Grant Program application process has been completed. The LCCWC through the Lancaster County Conservation District and the Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County sponsors this program to assist and support LCCWC members in their efforts to plan and implement programs that will help reduce nutrient and sediment loadings to the Bay. 

Ephrata Borough was selected as the successful applicant.   The $10,000 grant will assist them in compleing a stormwater basin retrofit and Critical Aquifer Recharge Area (CARA) restoration.  The stormwater basin and CARA collects runoff from the Borough's solar array and wasterwater treatment site.  This project will provide water quality treatment for nutrients and sediment originating from both agricultrual and more urban land uses.  The total cost of the project is estimated to be about $82,000 and is scheduled to be completed in early 2019.

MS4 Notice of Intent Workshops

LCCWC and its partners are hosting a 4-Part Workshop that will provide information on what you need to know to prepare your NOI. Please see the flyer attached. Each session will be a review of prior sessions while we build up to new topics in each workshop with time for officials to share resources and ask each other questions. This will be a chance to share lessons learned, tips, tools, and frustrations. For further information on MS4 Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) Requirements, please see the factsheet provided here.

Membership Appreciation and Input Meeting

 Are you a member of the LCCWC, but have yet to come to a meeting?  On December 7, the monthly meeting of the LCCWC will have an agenda geared towards sharing accomplishments from the year and gathering input from members on how services can be improvied.  There is no need to RSVP.  Light refreshments will be served.  The meeting starts at 3 pm at the Farm and Home Center.

2016 Clear Waters Golf Tournament

The 2016 Clean Waters Golf Tournament was held on September 26 at the Conestoga Country Club.  Thanks to the event's many sponsors and golfers, funds were raised to help support the LCCWC's efforts to restore the streams of Lancaster County.  The procees raised will help support the 2017 Stormwater Mini-Grant program and educational workshops.

2016 LCCWC Stormwater Mini-Grant Program

The Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium has wrapped up its first annual Stormwater Mini Grant.  This program is designed to assist and support LCCWC members in their efforts to plan and implement programs that will help reduce nutrient and sediment loadings to our local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.  $10,000 was made available to cost share a water quality improvement project. 

Denver Borough was the recipient of this grant based on an application process and ranking system.  With this funding, Denver Borough will install two grass swales and a rain garden on the Borough's Recycling Lot, adjacent to Cocalico Creek.  This project is designed to capture and treat stormwater runoff pollutants from the maintenance buildings; to protect the Borough's drinking water supply and to provide valuable habitat for pollinators.  

Funding will be available again in 2017.

 The Little Conestoga Partnership: A Community Watershed Approach to Stormwater Management

LCCWC is partnering with the Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County and the Lancaster County Conservation District on this project funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  The Little Conestoga NFWF project is focused on urban and suburban outreach and implementation of innovative stormwater management.  Download the project's factsheet is available for further details.

Stormwater Financing with the Environmental Finance Center

LCCWC has facilitated an opportunity for municipalities to partner with the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) centered at the University of Maryland.  The EFC will complete a stormwater feasibility report and forensic audits on stormwater finances for each municipality and provide advice on how to set up a sustainable stormwater financing program.   The following municipalities have participated in this effort: East Cocalico Township, Manheim Township, Mt. Joy, Lititz Borough, Warwick Township, and West Lampeter Township. 

Strategic Action Plan Development

LCCWC partnered with Tetra Tech, EPA, and PADEP to develop information that can be used to develop a Strategic Action Plan.  Cost-effective stormwater management BMPs were identified for each subwatershed in the County.  The information generated also includes costs and benefits (nutrient reduction) for a broad list of BMPs.  The goal for developing a Strategic Action Plan is to provide a comprehensive approach to coordinate the many varied watershed planning efforts in Lancaster County, identify and fill existing gaps, and lead to development of future watershed implementation plans. 

 A Strategic Action Plan has been developed for the Little Conestoga Watershed.  The plan is provided in two parts - north watershed and south watershed. This plan can serve as a model to develop a county-wide action plan. 

Public/Private Partnerships to Accelerate Urban Retrofit 

LCCWC is partnering with the City of Lancaster on this project funded by through Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  This project will develop and pilot an innovative privately financed urban retrofit business model to accelerate the rate of implementation and cost-effectiveness of urban stormwater retrofit on privately owned land.

2015 DEP Streamside Project Grant Awardees

The Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Streamside Project Grant Program was established in 2014 with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Interstate Waters Office to assist with implementation of stormwater best management projects (BMPs) in Lancaster County to benefit county streams and water quality. More information can be found on the Fact Sheet.

he Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Interstate Waters Office provided $85,000 grant to the Lancaster County Conservation District for implementation of stormwater BMPs in Lancaster County. Through the District, the Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium reviewed grant applications and administered the funding to five recipients. Grants were evaluated based on a set a criteria established by the Consortium.  The Consortium is pleased to recognize the following grantees:

  • The Lancaster Ledierkranz - plantings to enhance previous stream and fish habitat restoration
                  View before and after pictures.

  • Warwick Township - retrofit of an existing stormwater management facility - Pictures

  • The Conestoga Country Club - establishment of a raingarden - Pictures

  • West Lampeter Township - retrofit of a meadow into a wetland in an existing MS4 area

  • Lititz Borough - establishment of street trees/right of way infiltration trench pilot project to manage surface runoff in an MS4 area

For more information please contact Kent Bitting, Professional Engineer for the Lancaster County Conservation District at 717-299-5361 x 141 or at



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