Lancaster Clean Water Fund

Special grant round offered in February 2020! 

Lancaster’s WIP Implementation Grant provides $444,000 for water quality improvement projects that help Lancaster achieve the pollution reductions outlined in our Community Action Plan or county WIP (click to read the local plan)
  • Funds need to cover implementation and must be spent by September 30, 2020.  
  • Grant applications have no maximum; however the funds are only available for implementation and need to ensure a project accomplishes high nutrient reductions.  Applicants should be realistic with the dollar figure they request due to the need to spend all funds by September 30, 2020.  
  • All funds are paid through reimbursements based on invoices submitted.
  • Applications are due by 6pm on February 24th. If you are interested in applying, contact Allyson Gibson for your access code to complete the online application. through the Lancaster County Community Foundation’s website.  

Lancaster Clean Water Partners is working with the Lancaster County Community Foundation to leverage existing and future funds to secure broader, long-term support for implementing clean water practices among a diverse and large audience in Lancaster County.

For the 2020 round of the Clean Water Fund, applications will due in July 2020, awarded in September 2020, and need to be completed by September 2021.  The application will be live along with all Community Foundation grants at their March 3rd announcement event.

Grants are designed to enable more partners to improve efficiency and effectiveness of projects using technology, cultural sensitivity, and science-based practices to clean and protect local streams.

If you are interested in contributing to Lancaster’s Clean Water Fund, click here for more details.  

Follow the progress of each grant below.  It is going to be an exciting year!

Photo Credit: Craig Zemitis

Lancaster’s Clean Water Fund

Rapho Township

The Township intends to make improvements to a streamside property they have recently acquired. The 0.4-acre property is located entirely within the floodway with an 8′ high streambank.  The bank is currently stabilized with rotting railroad ties. The property will remain as open space in perpetuity. The Township sees this now-vacant, graded lot as an opportunity for a demonstration project, which would include streambank stabilization and planting of a riparian buffer. With the assistance of the Penn State Agriculture and Environmental Center staff and volunteers from the Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance (CCWA), the Township plans to install R-5-R-7 Riprap along 175 linear feet of the bank and plant native trees around the entire property. CCWA and Greening the Lower Susquehanna Initiative volunteers are partnering to plant the trees in this very scenic and remote location.

East Cocalico Township

This project will reduce the amount of sediment entering into a portion of Little Cocalico Creek in East Cocalico Township. This reduction will come from structural improvements in a number of small drainage areas entering the forested flood plain (an existing buffer) from a large agricultural field. Currently these drainage areas are eroding, and represent a significant source of sediment into the creek. This project will improve downstream water quality by reducing suspended solids (sediment) and other pollutants. This is significant since the creek is in the Chesapeake Bay drainage area, and also serves as a municipal water supply. This sediment reduction will contribute to Lancaster County’s overall Water Improvement Plan.

Manheim Borough

The project will implement floodplain restoration work, riparian buffers, educational signage, and over 1,500 feet of new ADA accessible walking trails along the creek.  A small dam will also be removed as a part of this project, which will be included in the overall permitting process for the project (which is currently underway). This project will also reduce the amount of sediment and pollutants entering the Chiques Creek, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay, by over 130,000 pound each year, which will result in significant water quality improvement for this critical watershed.

Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future

This project consists of two parts: 1) outreach and building commitment for water quality improvements with Leacock Township farmers; 2) demonstrate several agricultural water quality improvement BMPs at a Leacock Township farm (1110 feet of stream restoration (minimal), barnyard improvements, and 3.6 acres riparian forested buffer).

Most of Watson Run at the farm is already fenced keeping animals out of the stream with good vegetation and little streambank erosion. The landowners have agreed to install riparian forested buffer. Those areas where there is streambank erosion will be restored by cutting back the banks.

Donegal Trout Unlimited

Donegal Chapter of Trout Unlimited (DTU) has been restoring coldwater streams in the County since 1987 with a focus on those waterways that empty into the Chesapeake Bay. This project will help to link four earlier projects done by DTU on Climbers Run, designated by DEP as an impaired stream. The stream design for the project will eliminate erosion and filter groudwater through new buffers.  ADD MORE

For DTU, stream restoration is defined as all conservation BMPs needed for a particular project, including in-stream devices, to correct the problems. Anything less are temporary fixes at best.

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Community Grant Fund – $2,500-5,000 application range

These grants are intended to stimulate smaller, implementable projects that are lead by locally based conservation organizations, municipalities and community groups. Projects need to have a focus on streambank stabilization, riparian forest buffers, community tree plantings, green infrastructure, and/or environmental education while prioritizing collaboration with new partners. With the intention of being part of the collective effort for clean water, projects are encouraged to highlight how work with other Lancaster County partners will protect water, create habitat, and enable people to explore outdoors.

Water Quality Impact Fund – $10,000-50,000 application range

These grants are intended to support large-scale, high priority restoration projects that create a measurable and positive impact on water quality. Projects could include design and must include implementation of agricultural conservation practices, stormwater practices, riparian buffer implementation, and/or ecological restoration (stream, wetland, or floodplain restoration). Costs to write conservation plans for agriculture lands can be covered. Buffer installation is required for a project on land that includes a stream if no buffer exists currently (buffer installation can be covered by this grant).