Did you know there are over 1,400 miles of streams and rivers in Lancaster County? Some of these beautiful streams are polluted, but there are efforts underway to bring them back to health.
Now in its 6th year, Lancaster Water Week is all about celebrating the waterways in the county, educating the community, and working towards cleaner streams and rivers. These waterways are places of recreation and also the source of our drinking water.
Lancaster Water Week strives for streams and rivers that are fishable, swimmable, and drinkable. Several events are happening throughout the county, starting June 3, and I've highlighted a handful of them below.
River Connections Premiere
The City of Lancaster is premiering a curated collection of stories about Lancastrians' connections to the Conestoga River. Held at Zoetropolis, you will be able to hear stories that center on the experiences of people of color. The River Connections Premiere event will include film clips of original recorded stories, interspersed with live performance of poetry, song and dance, and a trailer for a docuseries being produced by TCP Media LLC as part of the City's River Connections project.
The event held on June 3rd is free but reservations are required due to limited seating. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the performance starts at 6:30 p.m.
Address: 112 North Water Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
Streamside Care Workday
If you're up for doing some cleanup work, you can join the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and other community partners to protect our clean water as they tend local streamside forests this Saturday. Volunteers can expect to weed out and straighten tree shelters and pick up trash along trails. This will influence the success of the riparian buffer. Be prepared to get dirty!
Date and time: Sat, June 4, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - various locations, check event details here.
Conestoga River Paddles
At this event, you get to follow the course of history and see a side of Lancaster County that many people don't get to see. Join the Conestoga River Club on a kayaking adventure down the Conestoga River.
The cost is $15 per person and includes equipment and a shuttle back to the launch location. S. Conestoga Drive to Lancaster County Park: June 3, 7, and 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., June 4, 5, and 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
For details about all events taking place during Lancaster Water Week, check the website of Lancaster Conservatory.