Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium


Lancaster County Conservation District
1383 Arcadia Road
Lancaster, PA 17601




About the Consortium

The Lancaster County Conservation District incorporated the Conservation Foundation ("Foundation") of Lancaster County, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation which is qualified as a 501(c) (3) exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code, to promote, support and sustain the stewardship of land, water and other natural resources.  Since its formation in 2007, the Foundation has been looking for an opportunity to further its mission.  The Consortium provides this opportunity.  The Lancaster Conservation District and the Foundation have each unanimously voted to endorse the Consortium and to have the Foundation govern the Consortium.

Part of the strategy will take the form of developing Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) for Lancaster County's twelve subwatersheds. WIPs are currently in place for the Conewago, Conowingo and Mill Creek Watersheds. Other watersheds have portions of WIPs in place.  The implementation of the strategy will provide Lancaster County's urban, suburban and rural communities with a better quality of life as fewer pollutants contaminate the county's rivers and streams via non-point municipal and agricultural run-off as well as sewage treatment plants and other point source discharges.

Services of the Consortium will include support for the already established county watershed alliances through municipal cooperation, establishment of new watershed alliances where needed with municipal cooperation, development of a countywide nutrient credit trading plan, corporate sponsorships for stream restoration, demonstrations and development of innovative storm water Best Management Practices, digester pilot projects, as well as other services necessary to accomplish the goals of the Consortium.  The Consortium will contract directly with the design, legal and science professionals to develop and implement the watershed implementation plans.

In order to implement the strategy, the Consortium will need financial assistance.  The Consortium will apply for multiple grants to carry out its mission, including the development and implementation of WIPs.  It is anticipated that the money necessary to fund the activities undertaken by the Consortium will ultimately come from grants and donations.  However, initially, it will be necessary to solicit funds from Consortium members and sponsors.  The Consortium and its members will also seek the help of volunteers to perform a variety of tasks relating to its mission, e.g., stream bank plantings and clean up.

Services of the Consortium

  • Support Watershed Alliances through consortium and municipal cooperation,

  • Act as a liaison between members, PA DEP and US EPA. Translate regulatory requirements for members and provide guidance on how to meet requirements,

  • Provide educational seminars, workshops, and training; typically at discounted rates for members,

  • Establishment of new watershed alliances where needed with consortium and municipal cooperation,

  • Developing watershed action/restoration plans for Lancaster County watersheds,

  • Demonstration and development of innovative storm water, Best Management Practices,

  • Implementation of a countywide storm water strategy,

  • Provide grant writing assistance and support to members,

  • Provide members priority access to the Conservation District's Professional Engineer for technical assistance,

  • Corporate sponsorships,

  • Pilot projects,

  • Obtaining grants to fulfill the goals,

  • Digester pilot projects, and

  • Legal support.



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-Chesapeake Bay Foundation
-Fish and Boat Commission
-Lancaster Farmland Trust
-Lancaster County Conservancy
-Lancaster County Conservation District
-Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee
-Lancaster Watersheds
-EPA Chesapeake Bay Mid-Atlantic Water

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