Water Blues Green Solutions

An interactive documentary project designed to promote awareness of the role that green infrastructure can play in creating a sustainable water future.

Water Blues Green Solutions tells stories from across the country of communities that are adopting new ways of thinking about how to protect, restore, and preserve our rivers and sources of drinking water.



Litter Letter Project: Street Cleanup

Volunteers needed for litter pick up!

Lancaster Unity is partnering with Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches to clean up the trash from the sidewalks of our beautiful city! The litter will be used to fill the letters for “Let’s RETHINK Litter in Lancaster”, a Litter Letter Project sponsored by Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority.

Meet at Tellus360 at 10AM on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

This event is welcome to all ages! Children under the age of 13 should have an adult with them.Vests, gloves and trash bags will be available.

Litter Question


Rain Garden along Mulberry St

As construction begins along Mulberry street you should notice an immediate (and green) difference when you reach a corner crosswalk.  Beginning this spring City contractors started to install these vegetated curb extensions / rain gardens.  Mulberry Street will begin its conversion to a complete green street soon after.  The first of its kind in Lancaster City, Mulberry Street will go back to a two way street (instead of one) and will boast bike lanes, permeable paving, vegetated curb extensions / rain gardens, newly planted trees and much more.

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West James Street was paved with several rain gardens installed during 2015.

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Plum and Walnut Intersection wins another award

Stormwater Solutions has recognized the green infrastructure project located at the intersection Plum and E Walnut Street.  This is another award for a project that has been recognized for numerous innovations including traffic calming, pedestrian safety, stormwater capture, public art, and public / private partnership.  This location has become a gateway for people entering the City.  To read the article click here.


Contractor Workshop

The City of Lancaster, in cooperation with the Lancaster County Conservancy and the Lancaster County Conservation District will be offering a two-hour workshop for contractors to discuss the City’s green infrastructure program and the role small stormwater projects have in helping meet regulatory requirements.

During this workshop, the City will provide an overview of the stormwater management program and review recent updates to the City Stormwater Management Ordinance and Small Stormwater Project Permit Application.

The slides from the presentation can be found here


To register click here

Attendees will learn how the stormwater permitting process works, review an application from a City property and learn the step-by-step process to obtaining your permits quickly and efficiently.

Note: Although the City cannot endorse specific contractors attendees to this workshop will be added to a workshop attendance list that may be provided to property owners upon request.

Green Infrastructure Implementation and Small Stormwater Project Permitting
Registration 8:00am
Program 8:30am – 10:30am
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Lancaster City Hall
120 North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA
(Snow date Wednesday March 4)

Reservations are requested for this FREE workshop.

Please RSVP by following this link;
for questions please contact
Fritz Schroeder,
717-392-7891 x 207.



Central Market Streetscape Project

Work on the long-delayed and much-anticipated Lancaster Central Market streetscape project is underway.  To read an article about the project click here.

The new streetscape project includes bio-retention / rain gardens as pictured below.

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Snavely and Dosch Makeover

The Snavely and Dosch property runs along Water Street and Linear Park.  With a particular focus on addressing rain water run-off from commercial properties along Linear Park work was recently completed that includes several bio-retention (rain gardens), bio-swales, and an infiltration trench (stone basin underneath the parking lot) that will help capture approximately 675,000 gallons annually.

For more information on other commercial projects click here.

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