Lancaster Water Week

What is Water Week?

Leading the way to clean water by protecting over 6,000 acres of wild lands, the Lancaster Conservancy created Lancaster Water Week to connect us all to clean water. Lancaster’s 1,400 miles of streams and rivers drive local economic and agricultural growth. They are a place of recreation and the source of our drinking water. WaterConnects Us All!

We strive for streams and rivers that are fishable, swimmable, and drinkable. We need your help.

  • CELEBRATE the unique waterways of Lancaster County.

  • EDUCATE yourself about the challenges we face and opportunities we can create.

  • ACTIVATE your community and get involved in our many Water Week events.

2017 & 2018 Water Week Impact

  • Over $80,000 Awarded through Water Week Grants
  • 2,100 Riparian Trees Planted
  • 5,876 People Attended Water Week Events
  • 7 ½ Tons of refuse Removed from Conestoga River
  • 825 Native Trees Distributed
  • 200 Students Educated
  • 28 New Stream Monitoring Sites

Join us at over 20 events
from June 1-8, 2019!

Please visit the Water Week website for more details and to pre-register for all events!

Join us!

Water Week Action Steps

Create Habitat

Creating native habitat is critical to pollinators (birds, bees, and other insects). You can start by planting several native species each year, pulling out invasive plants, and strategically placing a tree in order to capture water.

Protect Water

We know water is essential to life. We encourage you to get to know the water here in Lancaster County. How is it unique? What type of fish are native to this area? What else lives near the water? What are some simple steps to protect it?

Explore Outdoors

Explore Outdoors

Spending as little as 20 minutes outdoors daily can have a dramatic impact on your health. Imagine a therapy that is free, has no side effects, and increases your mental, emotional, and physical well being. Get outside and explore!

The Lancaster Clean Water Fund

The Lancaster Clean Water Fund is a grant source that is intended to accelerate clean water conservation in Lancaster County.  Both grant funds are open to community non-profits and municipalities to fund high priority, high impact nutrient and sediments reduction projects.

Community Grant Fund – $2,500-$5,000 –  Projects need to have a focus on streambank stabilization, riparian forest buffers, community tree plantings, green infrastructure, and/or environmental education while prioritizing collaboration with new partners.

Water Quality Impact – $10,000-$50,000 – These grants are intended to support large-scale, high priority restoration projects that create a measurable and positive impact on water quality. Projects could include design and implementation of agricultural conservation practices, stormwater practices, riparian buffer implementation, and ecological restoration (stream, wetland, or floodplain restoration).