Every person in Lancaster needs clean water to drink. Every person in Lancaster contributes to the health of their watershed. And every person can be a part of the solution. Every person working independently, however, will not generate the county-wide results we need.
We believe working collaboratively is the only way to generate real changes in our waterways, including installing best management practices, monitoring key streams, and coordinating efforts among Lancaster residents. Here are a few examples where collaboration led to greater success. Have a story of your own to share? Contact us! (banner photo credit: Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program)
Innovative land use projects like floodplain restoration take creative thinking, sound science, and collaboration on many levels. We applaud projects like Brubaker Run, Landis Homes, and Big Spring Run that are thinking on a grander scale and bringing non-traditional partners to the table to decide how clean water projects become reality in Lancaster County.
Partners in these kinds of projects included municipal staff, private businesses, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, land use planners, and more. Details about the projects are available here.
“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 might look like more collaboration for bigger dollars and a project with a bigger impact on water quality. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has come together with multiple partners in Lancaster County to request a riparian buffer grant from DCNR that wasn’t even an option before they presented it. DCNR agreed that we can all achieve more when we work collectively and awarded a $300,000 grant that was 6 times the size of a typical buffer grant. Congratulations to the entire team!