Lancaster Water Week: Conestoga Clean-Up

June 11th, 2022

Join us for the Conestoga Clean Up to close out the 6th year of Water Week with a splash by making a big impact on trash in our waterways!

About this event

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Lancaster Conservancy, and other community partners are hosting the Conestoga Clean Up on June 11 as part of Lancaster Water Week. Join us as we close out the week with a splash by removing as much debris as possible from the Conestoga River and its tributaries!

Grab your waders and help us work towards a cleaner, safer, and more beautiful Conestoga River.

Clean Up

From 9:00 to 11:00 am we’ll remove trash from the river with a goal of filling up as many dump trucks as possible. A huge shout out to the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) for supporting each of our community partners to help clean up trash in Lancaster County!

Volunteer Picnic

All volunteers are welcome to come together and celebrate at Lancaster County Park Pavillion #1 after the clean up from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

What to Expect

This event is family friendly, but certain sites may be better for families due to safety reasons – these sites are noted in the event description. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long sleeves and long pants that they don’t mind getting muddy or wet. We also strongly encourage everyone to wear closed-toed, protective shoes such as boots or waders. Not all sites require entering the water, however, it may be necessary at times. Gloves will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you wish. Other site details such as parking will be provided by email to those registered the day prior to the event.

Clean Up Sites


SITE #1: Maple Grove Park – led by Lancaster Township & the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

  • This site is family-friendly and participants will remove trash and potentially invasive plant species from the forested buffer along the Little Conestoga River. Participants should wear long sleeve pants and shirts as well as close-toed shoes. Parking and restrooms are on-site at the park.

SITE #2: Millcreek from Strasburg Pike South along the Falls @ Olde Mills on Heritage Road- led by East Lampeter Township

  • This is a family-friendly site with easy access to the water for the clean up. All tools participants need will be provided!

SITE #3: Camp Hogan/Boys & Girls Club – led by Lancaster Conservancy, Conestoga River Club & Manor Township

  • This site is family-friendly! Volunteers will work both upstream and downstream from two access points at this location.

SITE #4: Lititz Run by Millport Conservancy – led by Lititz Watershed Association

  • This is a family-friendly site where we will branch out along Lititz Run to pick up debris.

SITE #5: Little Conestoga behind Wegmans – led by Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center

  • More site details coming soon!

The host organization of your site will send you logistical information, including parking, on Friday, June 10 (the day before the workday) to the email you use to register for this event.

Participant Safety

Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all time. Participants may be asked to sign a waver prior to participating by their site’s host organization.

Weather Policy

This event will take place rain or shine! Should there be a forecast of weather conditions that would make the event unsafe, participants will be notified of a cancellation 24 hours prior to the event.

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