Success Stories

Every person in Lancaster needs clean water. 

And every person in Lancaster can be part of the solution! We believe working collaboratively is the only way to generate real change in our waterways, including installing best management practices, monitoring key streams, and coordinating efforts among Lancaster residents.

Have a story of your own to share? We want to share your story far and wide to show the full impact of the clean water work happening in Lancaster. If you have a story, contact Emily Smedley, Communications and Program Manager.  She’s excited to hear from you!

“The collaboration, determination and hard work by all of the parties involved helped in making this important clean water initiative a reality.”

Eric Scott with Oak Tree Development

Success Stories

  • Paradise Township Reduces Stormwater Pollution

    Paradise Township was awarded funds to install a vegetated swale on Vernon Stoltzfus-Kinzers’ land to reduce stormwater pollution by converting a concrete-lined swale into a vegetated swale. Currently, stormwater is managed by a series of inlets, pipes, concrete-lined swales and a large dry detention basin.

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    Lancaster Clean Water Partners
  • Green Infrastructure Improvements at Murry Ridge Park

    West Hempfield Township was awarded funding to install green infrastructure improvements at Murry Ridge Park. Murry Ridge Park, located in West Hempfield Township, is in the West Branch Little Conestoga Creek watershed surrounded by suburban, residential development. West Hempfield Township will implement green infrastructure improvements to reduce stormwater pollution. The township plans to divert stormwater into a vegetated swale, construct a bioretention basin, plant a riparian buffer, install landscaping to attract pollinators and songbirds, retrofit the dry detention basin to a dry extended basin, add a natural trail, and incorporate educational signage.

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    Lancaster Clean Water Partners
  • Farmer Prioritizes Conservation in East Lampeter

    Lancaster Farmland Trust (LFT) was awarded funding to implement barnyard improvements for better livestock management as well as stream corridor upgrades on a farm in East Lampeter Township. Along with project partner TeamAg, Inc., LFT has developed a list of site-specific practices that will result in significant nutrient and sediment reductions in the Lower Conestoga Watershed.

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    Lancaster Clean Water Partners