The Lancaster County Conservancy is excited to announce nearly $30,000 in Water Week grants awarded to 8 local organizations/municipalities including Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster, Tri-County Conewago Creek Association, ELANCO Source Water Collaborative, Friends of Fishing Creek, Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance, Penn Township, Stone School, and Octoraro Watershed Association.
“Our vision from the outset of Water Week is to put money on the ground to fund the community groups that are doing the hard work of managing Stormwater and cleaning up our streams and rivers. These awards are part of that commitment. In two years we’ve raised $80,000 for on the ground implementation thanks to our sponsor businesses and community partners” said Fritz Schroeder, Coordinator of Lancaster Water Week.
Some of the projects funded in this grant cycle include:
Boys and Girls Club – Rain Gardens on South Duke Street – Newly established rain gardens will bring aesthetic improvements, provide conservation education to residents, recognition opportunities, and most importantly, collect, retain and manage storm water.
ELANCO Source Water Collaborative – Drinking Water Day – hands-on, all day educational event for students from the Garden Spot School District and One Room Schoolhouses in the Terre Hill area.
Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance – East Petersburg Stormwater Demonstration Park – convert the site into a Green Infrastructure BMP Demonstration Area, which will transform the site into a sustainable landscape where environmental education takes place and people can enjoy nature. Proposed BMPs include a riparian buffer along the creek, two rain gardens, native plant demonstration areas, a meadow, and a native understory demonstration area.
Penn Township – Rain Gardens & Riparian Buffer – The rain gardens are part of the Township’s Sustainability Park, which is located on the Authority’s water treatment plant property along with a 750-foot stretch of tributary to the Doe Run. The Park is used as an educational center for adults and children to explain the importance of protecting source water, demonstrate model stormwater BMPs using native pollinator plants, and to encourage enjoyment of nature.