August 7–15, 2020

Water Week Pledge

Dive in and take the Lancaster Water Week Pledge!

We need clean water to fish, swim and drink, but over half of Lancaster’s streams and rivers are polluted. The good news? We can solve this problem! As a community, we can each take three steps to clean-up our waterways!
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Create Habitat

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Protect Water

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Take the Lancaster Water Week Pledge

I pledge to help keep our streams and rivers clean by creating habitat, protecting water, and getting outdoors!

Get Your Water Week Pledge Kit
Each pledge participant can pick-up their own Pledge Kit during Lancaster Water Week, August 7-15. Three contactless pick-up opportunities will be offered throughout the county! Pledge kits will contain a free Lancaster Water Week reusable tote bag, native tree or shrub, Conservancy sticker, and a multitude of resources from the Conservancy and our partners to help you achieve each of the three action steps!

Let’s Make A Splash
Snap a photo and share what actions you take for each step of the pledge using #LancasterWaterWeek!

Celebrate Clean Water Grand Prize
At the end of Lancaster Water Week we’ll randomly select a pledge participant to win a special grand prize that will help you continue to celebrate, explore, and protect our streams and rivers!

Deep Dive

Create Habitat

Plant native trees, shrubs and flowers to capture rainwater—the birds and the bees will thank you too!

Native trees and plants play a huge role in keeping our streams and rivers healthy! They prevent runoff, protect the quality of our water, provide habitat for wildlife, and so much more! Whether you plant a tree, create a rain garden, or fill a window box with native flowers, you help keep our waterways clean!

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Protect Water

Clean up litter in your community to keep it from polluting local rivers and streams!

Water is essential to life! Our waterways do more than just provide us water to drink—they are also home to a complex web of plant and animal life. Help keep our water clean by picking up litter or pet waste, educating yourself about where your water goes after it disappears down the drain, or learning ways to change how you use water at home to improve the health of our rivers and streams!

  • Help keep combined sewer and storm drain systems from overflowing into our waterways by conserving water use during rainstorms. That load of laundry can wait!
  • Remove leaves and litter from storm drains before a rainstorm or snow melt.
  • Rethink your routines that use water! Wash your car at the carwash to keep soap from running off into streams and harming the aquatic life.
  • Ditch the lawn fertilizers and pesticides that make our streams and rivers inhabitable to many of the fish and insects that call them home. Hint: native plants are better adapted to our soils and climate and don’t need the extra help!
  • Get to know your farmer! Buy produce from local farmers who practice organic and no till farming, which helps keep our waterways clean!

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Explore Outdoors

Take a hike! Explore the beautiful waterways protected by the Conservancy’s nature preserves.

Spending time in nature has an amazing impact on our physical and mental health! Explore the Lancaster Conservancy’s nature preserves and the streams and rivers they protect. Even as little as 20 minutes outdoors can reduce your stress and reconnect you with the beautiful waterways you pledge to help!

Climbers Run Nature Center
Home to the Conservancy’s Nature Center, this preserve beckons visitors to enjoy a picnic lunch by the historic barn, explore the hiking trails meandering through shady woodlands along an eastern brook trout stream, or watch for birds and other wildlife in the open meadows. Keep your eyes open for bluebirds, toads, painted turtles, skunk cabbage, wild turkey, and a diversity of wildlife and plants in every season.

Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve
Shenks Ferry is renowned as one of the most impressive wildflower sanctuaries in the eastern United States. Tucked into the river hills of southern Lancaster County, over 70 species of wildflowers and 50 species of birds make their home in this sheltered ravine cut by Grub Creek. This preserve has a relatively flat and smooth one-mile trail that makes it welcome to visitors not familiar with hiking.

Conoy Wetlands Nature Preserve
You can hike or bike the Northwest River Trail to reach this unique preserve situated along the Susquehanna River. The wetland and forest habitat make this a great place for bird watching. You can also visit what is thought to be the first publicly accessible forest garden in Pennsylvania! Discover how a farm field was restored to more natural floodplain habitat using native species that both produce food for wildlife and humans (if there is any left)!

House Rock and Reed Run Nature Preserves
From the House Rock parking area, you can begin you a short out and back to rocky cliff with an incredible view of the Susquehanna or a 2.4 mile loop hike named in honor of the late Ralph Goodno, former Lancaster Conservancy president. The hike through both preserves features pristine streams, beautiful wildflowers, and great opportunities for bird watch in two restored meadows.

Fishing Creek South Nature Preserve
A public gravel road travels along and through (in three places) Fishing Creek making this preserve easy to hike, bike or even drive through! With towering hemlocks lining the steep sided valley and shady pools for fishing, this is a great place to explore as a family!

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