The Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance (CCWA) was founded in 2001 with a mission to promote good stewardship of the land within the Chiques Watershed in order to protect and preserve the Chiques Creek for our present community and for future generations.
What is a watershed?
A watershed is the area of land that drains to a specific body of water, whether a stream, pond, lake, river or ocean. A watershed area can be as large as many states or as small as your backyard. Everyone lives in a watershed.
The Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance vision to accomplish these and other similar goals:
Promote good stewardship of the land within the Chiques Watershed in order to protect and preserve the Chiques Creek for our present community and for future generations
Provide opportunities for restoring and improving the streams within the watershed by sponsoring conservation projects
Provide information on watershed protection through written materials and educational projects and to oversee the ongoing scientific evaluation of the Chiques Creek Watershed.
The primary goals of the Conservation Plan are to:
Identify ways to meet the environmental standards set by state agencies
Identify the interests of landowners while protecting their property rights; and
Determine the recreation needs of the public through a mail survey and identify
ways to fund these projects.
Every drop counts!
In Lancaster County there are over 1,400 miles of streams and creeks. Nearly 50% of these streams are impaired or polluted, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Many more stream miles are not polluted, but will be affected in some way by increased development pressure, storm water management issues, agricultural practices, or land use changes in the coming years.