Action Teams

Do you operate with a bias towards action?

Action Teams combine local experts and partner organizations to tackle the county’s priorities for clean water.

In an effort to reach our clean water goals, all the teams can use relevant resources like the Lancaster Countywide Action Plan (CAP).

Meetings will be posted on our calendar. Join one of the teams by contacting Emily Smedley (

Agriculture Action Team

The Agriculture Action Team develops and implements strategies for accelerating conservation on county farms to achieve baseline compliance and beyond.

Co-leads: Gordon Hoover and John Williamson

Meetings scheduled as needed.

Buffer Action Team

The Buffer Action Team focuses on the county’s objective of 6,000 new acres of riparian forest buffer by 2025. The team works on issues of capacity, funding, public awareness, and other barriers to accomplishing this goal.

Co-leads: Ryan Davis and Ashley Spotts

Meetings held the third Friday every other month from 9 – 11 p.m.

Data Management Action Team

The Data Management Action Team monitors, coordinates, and organizes data to produce a shared measurement system that supports the Partners’ decisions and promotes public awareness of clean water goals.

Co-leads: Ruth Hocker and Rupert Rossetti

Meetings held the first Monday of every month from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Communications Action Team

The Communications Action Team collaborates and coordinates on communications efforts and projects to further Lancaster’s goal of clean and clear water by 2040. The team provides expertise to further benefit the partner organizations and the clean water community within Lancaster County as a whole.

Co-lead: Emily Smedley

Meetings held the last Friday of every month from 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Stormwater Action Team

The Stormwater Action Team empowers municipalities to address stormwater through cost-effective and locally relevant practices.

Co-Leads: Kristen Koch and Joellyn Warren

Meetings scheduled as needed.

Watershed Action Team

The Watershed Action Team develops tools and resources to facilitate and support collaborative watershed-based restoration efforts in Lancaster County.

Co-Leads: Carly Dean and Matt Royer

Meetings first Friday of every other month from 10 – 12 p.m.

Information Sheet

Learn about the Action Teams and share within your networks!

Join a team

Reach out to Emily Smedley to join an Action Team. Don’t know which team to join? She’ll point you in the right direction!

2021 Priorities

Read through the top priorities for each Action Team in 2021.