Water Quality Improvement Projects
Groff Farm Floodplain Restoration Project
West Lampeter is pursuing a multi-stagefloodplain restoration project on the Groff Farm tract along Beaver ValleyPike. The project proposes removing legacy sediment accumulation, andre-establishment of a riparian corridor along an un-named tributary of the MillCreek. The Township is actively seeking proposals for project assessment anddesign, we will post project updates as they are available.
Pequea Creek Streambank Stabilization & Buffer Project
West Lampeter Township, Strasburg Borough,East Lampeter Township, and the Mill Bridge Camp Resort have all partneredtogether to stabilize and restore part of the heavily eroded and damagedstreambanks of the Pequea Creek in Soudersburg. This project is in the designstages, with a construction date coming soon. The Township thanks thegraciousness of the Mill Bridge Camp Resort for allowing this project to beinstalled on their property.
The Bridgeport area, including the intersections of Routes 462, 340, Lampeter Road, and Pitney Road, has long been an area of concern. West Lampeter has partnered with the City of Lancaster, Lancaster Township, and East Lampeter Township to study the Bridgeport area Watershed. The results of the watershed study will be used to develop new water quality improvement projects in the near future. We will post updates about the watershed study as they become available. For more information about this project, please visit Bridgeport Crossroads.
West Lampeter Township and Lancaster Farmland Trust Ag Conservation Partnership
The Township has partnered with the LancasterFarmland Trust (LFT) to help with ongoing evaluations of conservationpractices, and education and outreach of agricultural operators in theTownship. This 2012 presentation (HERE)highlights the findings of a door-to-door assessment of West Lampeter farms,conducted by LFT in 2012. The Township is committed to working with farmers inimproving water quality, and is always interested in new partnerships for waterquality improvement projects. For more information on PA conservation planning,please visit the USDA NRCS.
Wyndmere Basin Bioretention Retrofit 2014
The Township installed a bioretentionretrofit rain garden in a stormwater detention basin near Wyndmere Park. Theproject included replacing the top several inches of soil from the basin with asand-mix soil amendment, and planting a dense rain garden of grasses to treatstormwater runoff pollution. The Township thanks the owner of the basin forengaging with us on this project.
Bioretention Areas and Constructed Wetlands in Village Park
Village Park, along Village Road in Lampeter,includes multiple activity venues for public use. The park also serves toimprove water quality by filtering stormwater runoff through a bioretentionarea in the stormwater management basin, and a constructed wetland feature.Bioretention areas, like rain gardens, use specially selected plants to soak upand filter pollutants from stormwater runoff. Constructed wetlands providehabitats for native animals, flood protections, and can break down, and filterout pollutants from stormwater runoff.
Bid Spring Run at Rocky Knoll Farm Floodplain Restoration 2009-2012
Perhaps you have heard of this one. No? Itwas kind of a big deal! West Lampeter Township, PA DEP, the EPA, the USGS,Franklin & Marshall College, and more collaborated to remove 22,000 tons oflegacy sediments from Big Spring Run. Legacy sediments are soil deposits thathave built-up over a long time from non-natural sources, in this case an oldmill dam. These legacy sediments are full of pollutants that slowly andconstantly leach out into the waterway. The removal of the legacy sediments sawthe stretch of Big Spring Run return to its natural condition, and eliminated50,000 pounds of the pollutant phosphorous from our waterways. The researchfrom this project helped create a new floodplain restoration BMP. For moreinformation, check out the project’s website: Big Spring Project.
Inlet & Catch Basin Cleaning
Storm drains open into box shaped chambersconnected to pipes, this is how most rain runoff enters the MS4 system and istransported through the Township. These box shaped chambers, called catchbasins, fill up with sediment and debris washed in from storm runoff.Periodically sucking the gunk out of our catch basins with a vacuum truck keepsstorm flows flowing, and keeps pollution from washing into our waterways. WestLampeter contracts this service to an outside entity.
Storm System Inspections
Checking the literal ins-and-outs of our MS4system on a rotational, annual schedule helps keep our storm system flowing theway it should. If we notice problems during BMP inspections, we will firstinform the property owner so they have a chance to fix the problem in a timelymanner.