Unhealthy waterways create unsafe living, drinking, and recreation conditions for everyone and everything in their paths. Water-flow and stream levels begin to decline as algae levels intensify. Decreased oxygen levels create inadequate living conditions for aquatic organisms. Therefore, the whole ecosystem, in and around the stream, is impacted.
Of Pennsylvania’s 86,000 miles of streams, 1,400 of those run through Lancaster County, and over half of those stream miles are considered impaired. As a county, Lancaster has more miles of unhealthy streams than any other county in PA. Statistics like these are cause for alarm.
Companies and organizations can also lend a hand, and one local partnership has been formed to meet that need. Turkey Hill Dairy has joined forces with The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association to form the Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership. This Partnership has secured 1.5 million dollars to support dairy producers in making positive changes for clean water.