Foundation & Progress


Using collective impact to achieve our goals is about uniting multiple efforts under one common agenda. This agenda must be comprehensive and collaborative, building on and merging issue areas to work towards clean water from as many angles as possible.

Collective impact is defined as “the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem” by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. It’s different from collaboration in that it involves “a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants.”

The Lancaster Clean Water Partners uses principles of collective impact to avoid the shortcomings of isolated impacts, which includes similar groups competing for money, disconnections between conservation and government and business, and issues with scaling up. Instead, we will leverage dollars in Lancaster strategically and with multiple partners at the table, striving towards clean water with as many players at the table as possible.  Achieving clean water within our generation is going to take the whole village.

The process of the Lancaster Clean Water Partners Common Agenda.

Common Agenda

The Problem

More than half of Lancaster County’s 1,400 miles of streams suffer from poor water quality due to sediment and nutrient pollution.

The Process

To effectively solve Lancaster’s clean water problem, The Solution, Shared Vision, and Shared Mission must all be synergistic parts of the process.

A Shared Vision

To make Lancaster County’s streams clean and clear within our generation.

A Shared Mission

To coordinate efforts and expand the impact of our partners working to improve the health and viability of our local streams.

The Solution

Build and sustain a local cross-sector collaboration, supported by a strong backbone organization, to advance a community-led Common Agenda toward a shared result.

The Result

Clean & clear water in our generation!