Past Projects

Middle Creek Assessment Project-  The Watershed Alliance of Adams County in partnership with Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve and Adams County Trout Unlimited received a Coldwater Heritage Partnership Grant from the PA Department of Conservation of Natural Resources for a study focused on the Middle Creek Watershed. The study will document existing conditions by collecting information on habitat through visual surveys, water quality through chemical testing and aquatic macroinvertebrate (insect) identification, as well as performing a survey of existing fish population.

The Adams County Conservation District coordinated the Adams County State of the Waters which was designed to help inform local decision makers about current water quality and quantity issues in the county.  Presentations were provided by water professionals from around the state.  Below are links to some of the presentations.  
 

Understanding Adams County's Watersheds and Groundwater

Critical Watershed Planning Areas

State Water Plan

Potentially Stressed Areas and Water Challenged Areas in Adams County, PA

Water Resources Challenges in Adams County, Pennsylvania

Impaired Watershed and Stream Designations in Adams County

Protecting Adams County water through Forested Riparian Buffers

Riparian Buffer Protection "A Municipal Ordinance Perspective"

Well and Septic Standards

Economic Benefits of Protecting Water Resources


Conewago Creek Streambank Restoration Project- The Watershed Alliance of Adams County received a PA Department of Environmental Protection's Growing Greener grant to restore a section of the Conewago Creek in the Narrows. An unusually large storm in 1996 caused severe erosion along the banks of the Conewago Creek. Rock structures were designed and installed to stabilize the streambank and restore a more natural stream flow pattern.

Conewago Creek Stream Cleanup- The Watershed Alliance of Adams County conducted a stream cleanup event on the Conewago Creek in the Table Rock area through funding from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.

Stream and Riparian Demonstration Project- The Watershed Alliance of Adams County received a PA Department of Environmental Protection Growing Greener grant through its sponsor, the Adams County Conservation District, to provide the agricultural community with innovative technology and practices. The project included windmill aeration of manure storage pits, promoting no-till and manure incorporation by providing low-cost rental on aeration equipment, and stable storage methods for chicken manure.

Rock Creek Assessment Project- The Watershed Alliance of Adams County received a Growing Greener Grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection for a study focused on the Rock Creek Watershed. The study will document existing conditions by collecting information on habitat through visual surveys, water quality through chemical testing and aquatic macroinvertebrate (insect) identification. We hope to use this information to identify and prioritize future water quality improvement projects in the Rock Creek Watershed.

Rock Creek Working Group- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded the Watershed Alliance of Adams County (WAAC) a grant to expand watershed planning, restoration and evaluation activities throughout Adams County. As part of this project, WAAC, in partnership with the Center for Watershed Protection, held two workshops for townships and municipalities in the area to review ordinances that affect watershed issues. This grant also provided funds for a cooperative effort by six townships and municipalities in the Rock Creek Watershed to respond to an Act 167 Stormwater Management Plan for the Monocacy basin and a preliminary Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan.


Land and Water- The Watershed Alliance of Adams County and the Land Conservancy of Adams County have joined in partnership to produce Land and Water, broadcasted on Adams County Community Television. ACTV can be found on channel 10 on the Adelphia cable system. The purpose of Land and Water is to introduce the viewers to the people and organizations that are working to protect our land, water, historic, and scenic heritage in Adams County. The show focuses on the special projects, places, events, and issues most County residents would like to ? or need to ? know about.

Base Flow and Impervious Cover in West Conewago Creek Watershed-  This project is a continuation of the Real-time Stream Gage project. The report will provide an evaluation of the groundwater contribution (or base flow) to the West Conewago Creek watershed upstream of the East Berlin stream gage by using hydrogeologic data generated primarily from the USGS Gerhart and Lazorchick (1998) model of the lower Susquehanna River Basin. The report will also provide consideration of how the impervious cover (e.g., roads parking lots and other paved surfaces) within the watershed may affect base flow and available water resources.