East Petersburg Green Infrastructure BMP Demonstration Site

This project is located at the Borough’s former nitrate facility along the Little Conestoga Creek and previously consisted of a conventional stormwater basin and mowed grass areas.

The Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance is partnering with East Petersburg Borough to convert the site into a Green Infrastructure BMP Demonstration Area, which will result in a sustainable landscape where a variety of green infrastructure BMPs will treat stormwater naturally, resulting in improved water quality, increased wildlife habitat, and reduced maintenance. The demonstration site will also allow visitors to explore BMPs, learn what can be implemented at their own homes, and provide a place for environmental education and where people can enjoy nature. The site will consist of a riparian buffer, a rain garden, native meadow plantings, no mow areas, mowed pathways and educational signage throughout.

In addition to the support, hard work from East Petersburg Borough, this project has received support from many others. Kelly Gutshall at LandStudies provided the concept plan and much technical guidance at no cost. The group has also received funding from the Lancaster Sierra Club in the form of a Green Project Grant, and a Lancaster Water Week Grant from the Lancaster County Conservancy.


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Jacobs Creek

LCWA supporters planted over 650 trees along Jacobs Creek in East Hempfield Township, with assistance from the Township staff and Keystone Custom Homes. The Alliance then returned to Jacob’s Creek to follow-up on the 2002 planting for a 2007 Earth Day Planting event, where more than 50 volunteers planted an additional 400 trees and shrubs.

Bachman Run

In the first phase completed in September 2002, LCWA volunteers planted over 300 trees along Bachman Run in Manheim Township with help from Donegal Trout Unlimited. Phase 2 in the summer of 2005 involved reshaping 3,000 feet of eroded stream banks, providing in-stream habitat structures and a dam removal. Phase 3, was completed in September 2005 to compliment the bank and in-stream project, as the LCWA organized over 60 volunteers and planted more than 600 trees around the stream restoration project.

bachman run

Miller’s Run Restoration Project

In the summer of 2004 the LCWA completed this stream restoration project with assistance from DEP’s Section 319 Program & Rettew Associates. The project on Millers Run was initiated by residents of the Chestnut Valley & School Lane Estates developments. The project involved reshaping 2,000 feet of highly eroded stream banks. Then in September of 2004 as a follow-up to the stream bank stabilization, LCWA volunteers planted over 775 tree species.


LASA Project

This was the LCWA’s first stream project completed and was carried out on land owned by the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority (LASA). The project, located between Charlestown Road and Manor Boulevard, on an unnamed tributary in Manor Township, involved streambank stabilization, fish habitat improvements, & stormwater controls. The group also worked with the adjacent property owner on establishing a forested buffer around the project.

Maple Grove

The LCWA volunteered to help Lancaster Township with the Maple Grove stream restoration and forest buffer project. Rettew Associates provided technical assistance and the project involved streambank stabilization measures, stormwater controls, and riparian buffer establishment.