Water Week was conceived along the banks of the Conestoga River by friends Fritz Schroeder (Lancaster County Conservancy) and Spike Brant (Nimblist). While kayaking along the river offers much beauty and solace, it is also a front row seat to the amount of erosion, pollution, and disregard some have for this amazing fresh water resource. With this in mind they set out to create a campaign that CELEBRATE’s the unique waterways of Lancaster County, EDUCATE’s the public about the challenges we face and opportunities we can create, and ACTIVATE’s people to take action in their watersheds and communities.
Lancaster County is blessed with 1,500 stream miles, 47 % of these streams are polluted and cannot support their original aquatic life. Waterways are at the core of Lancaster County. They drive economic opportunity and growth that benefits our local economy and agriculture. Our rivers and streams are the source of our drinking water and recreation to be enjoyed by all. To protect these waters, we want to strengthen the sense of stewardship in Lancaster County. Water Connects us All!
During Water Week you can expect tours of restoration projects, stream studies, kayak tours, a movie night, river clean-up, riparian buffer tree planting, and a branded Water Week beer. Events include Susquehanna Riverlands ‘National Trails Day Celebration’ along the Northwest River Trail, the ‘Chiques Creek Watershed Expo’, and Lancaster Conservancy’s ‘Picnic on a Preserve’. More events will be announced.
$30,000 is being awarded to community projects through the generous support of our sponsors Turkey Hill Dairy (presenting), High Companies, City of Lancaster, Lancaster County Community Foundation, Nimblist, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Fulton Bank, Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium, Millersville University – Watershed Education Training Institute, Eurofins, Flyway Excavating, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Landis Homes, Lancaster General Health, Donegal Trout Unlimited, Water Science Institute, Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, Land Studies, and Octoraro Native Plant Nursery. The Water Week grant program will fund local organizations to implement on the ground projects throughout the County.
Visit www.lancasterwaterweek.org for all the details !!