August 7–15, 2020

Conestoga(+) Clean Up

Join the Conestoga(+) Clean Up!

You can make a difference for our local cricks and creeks by cleaning up trash anywhere in our county! Keeping debris from entering our waterways, including the Conestoga, is critical to ensuring our community has clean water for swimming, fishing, and drinking! Take part in the 2020 Conestoga(+) Clean Up anytime during Lancaster Water Week, August 7-15! Pick a spot, grab a trash bag and some gloves, and get to work keeping litter out of our streams and rivers! Learn how to participate below!

What is the Conestoga Clean Up?

Since the first Lancaster Water Week in 2017, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, LCSWMA, and multiple partners have gathered at different locations along the Conestoga River to remove trash from the water and along the banks. From 2017-2019 over 10.5 tons of debris have been cleaned up! Plastic bottles and bags, a shopping cart, so so many tires, and even an ill-fated ATM machine have been plucked from the water thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers.

Join the 2020 Conestoga(+) Clean Up!

Take part in the 2020 Conestoga(+) Clean Up during Lancaster Water Week, August 7-15! With safety top of mind in 2020 and our regular large volunteer group gatherings on pause, we’re encouraging individuals to take action on their own to protect clean water! What’s the “plus” in Conestoga(+) Clean Up you ask? While we love the Conestoga River, there are many cricks and creeks in our county that need some love and a lot less litter! Whether you pick up trash along a local stream or in your favorite park or preserve, you are helping to keep trash from polluting our waterways. To participate, just fill out the survey for each clean up you complete during Lancaster Water Week!

Clean Up Survey

Put Your Clean Up on the Map!

Your Conestoga(+) Clean Up(s) will be automatically added to the map when you complete the Clean Up Survey! Click on the dots below to check out each clean up effort and to get inspired to get outside and protect our waterways!


TRASH DISPOSAL | All trash collected during this activity is the responsibility of the individuals participating in this activity to personally dispose of. While no official central collection point will be provided for the disposal of trash, the Conestoga River Club facebook group has arranged for a dumpster and is generously making it available to all who wish to participate. For more information please visit their facebook group page (

HEALTH & SAFETY | Before engaging in this activity please review and follow all guidance provided by the CDC and our local and state public health officials.

Thank you Conestoga Clean Up Partners!

Conestoga(+) Clean Up Gets Competitive!

After Lancaster Water Week ends, we’ll pick winners in three different categories for some fun Water Week swag from our partners! Submit your clean ups using the form and share your photos using #LancasterWaterWeek on social media to enter!

Weirdest Piece of Trash

Best Clean Up Photo

Most Trash Collected

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