The Lancaster County Conservancy is reaching out to members of the community through its Urban Stormwater efforts by helping homeowners install and manage rain barrels, planting trees, restoring native habitat and creating rain gardens. The conservancy was a lead partner in the progress and operation of the Lancaster Roof Greening program.
While the conservancy implemented the rain barrel program to primarily alleviate the amount of stormwater entering the area’s sewer system and streams, garden lovers are reaping benefits. A hose attaches to the barrel, allowing homeowners to nourish plants with the recycled water and, in doing so, save on their water bills. Costs range from $125 to $175, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the organization’s Urban Greening program. To date, over 600 barrels have been distributed across the county with more than 350 within Lancaster City.
FYI: The Lancaster County Conservancy is partnering with NorthBay Adventure (an educational center and retreat located within Elk Neck State Park in Cecil County, Maryland) to present a 5-day canoeing expedition down the Susquehanna River, designed for middle school-aged students. The trip will leave from the Pequea Campground on June 29 and end at NorthBay on July 3. For details, email Mike Burcin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit northbayadventure.org/riverlands.