The Watershed Alliance of York (WAY) is committed to being an innovative leader encouraging locally led watershed planning, restoration and protection initiatives, in the watersheds of York County, Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay region, in the 21st century, through cooperation, public-private partnerships and strategic alliances, and in harmony with community, economic and natural resources
In the 21st century and beyond, generations of York County citizens and stakeholders enjoy healthy communities, economic sustainability and environmental quality, through locally led watershed conservation, education and stewardship initiatives restoring, enhancing, sustaining, and protecting the balance between humans, renewable and nonrenewable resources, and our environment
The Watershed Alliance of York (WAY) and its partners recognize the important interrelationships of land use, clean water and biodiversity, in York County, Susquehanna River Basin, and Chesapeake Bay watersheds, as being vital to restoring, enhancing, protecting, and sustaining community health, economic sustainability and environmental quality, in the 21st century and beyond
The Codorus Chapter was founded in 1988 by a small, but dedicated group of individuals interested in preserving and enhancing the West Branch of the Codorus Creek. Over the years our chapter, like our home stream, has grown and flourished and now includes over 270 members. We strive to continually maintain an active schedule of fundraising, stream improvement, landowner relations, educational and public relations efforts.
Our mission is to Conserve and Protect and Restore the Muddy Creek watershed for future use.
The Prettyboy Watershed Alliance is a citizen-led group of local residents committed to protecting and restoring our land and our streams that drain to the Prettyboy Reservoir. Our mission is to promote landowner stewardship, build public-private partnerships and advocate watershed protection and restoration.
The Yellow Breeches Watershed Association (YBWA) is committed to cooperatively foster public understanding and sound management of environmental resources in the Yellow Breeches Watershed. The YBWA is a solution-oriented organization, providing technically sound information, education, leadership and coordination in the field of watershed management. The YBWA advances environmental stewardship through support of practical management of watershed resources for the protection and enhancement of environmental quality.
A watershed is an area of land that drains into a particular river, lake or other body of water.
Watersheds are sometimes called “basins” or “drainage basins.” We all live in a watershed. Some watersheds, like that of a stream or creek, are small. Others, like the Chesapeake Bay watershed, are large.
The Chesapeake region has been around for a very long time. Europeans arrived. Steel plows and axes allowed easier clearing of land for agriculture, firewood and forest products. Charcoal makers cut and burned large areas of forest to supply fuel for the early iron industry. Farms and towns replaced the forest in valleys and on h The growing population pushed west. By the 1850's, Penn's Woods supported an estimated 128,000 selfsufficient farms But the story of the Bay began millions of years before that. Read more...
An ecosystem is a complex set of relationships among living and non-living things. Air, water, soil, sunlight, plants and animals – including humans – make up an ecosystem. Ecosystems can be as tiny as a patch of dirt in your backyard, or as large as the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. Learn more...
The Chesapeake Bay watershed spans more than 64,000 square miles. It encompasses parts of six states—Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia—and the entire District of Columbia. More than 18 million people live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Chesapeake Bay’s land-to-water ratio is 14:1: the largest of any coastal water body in the world. This is why our actions on land have such a big impact on the Bay’s health.
Do you have a question about the Chesapeake Bay? Explore our list of frequently asked questions to learn more about the Bay and its watershed, habitats and wildlife. You can browse the FAQ by category, or explore the answers to some of our most common questions.
WAY offers education and outreach programs for youth and adults, including:
WAY facilitates a variety of activities, events and forums, including:
WAY can provide our partner organizations with assistance and support, including:
The 17th Annual Watershed Weekends will be held on September 18th -29th, 2019!
The purpose of the Watershed Weekend is to get to know your watershed and meet the folks and organizations who are working hard to enhance, restore, and protect them. Come join us and learn how you can “connect with your watershed”!
Watershed Weekend venues for 2019 will be announced September 1st, here on our website and local news media.
A free Watershed Weekend tour guide will be available, including venue descriptions and location maps. Weekend Guides will also available at your local library, municipal office, lobby of the York County Pleasant Acres ANNEX, and from the individual venue sponsors.
Come learn about your watershed. Act by joining us! Help by working together for clean water!
WAY E-News is published by the Watershed Alliance of York, Inc. to inform the public about news and information that affect York County watersheds. The WAY E-NEWS, circulation 1,000+, is published monthly and distributed electronically free of charge. Material may be reproduced for personal or nonprofit use as long as credit is given. Publication is made possible by a donation from the York County Conservation District through its Watershed Program. Views expressed in the WAY E-NEWS do not necessarily reflect those of the WAY, Conservation District or its individual partners. The WAY E-NEWS editorial office may be reached at:
Watershed Alliance of York, Inc. (WAY) c/o York County Conservation District 118 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402
Phone: (717) 840-7430
Facsimile: (717) 755-0301
The WAY E-NEWS may be found online at: www.watershedallianceofyork.org
For e-mail and mailing list additions/changes, please contact us at the address given above. Gary R. Peacock Editor
Founded in 2001, WAY is a non-member, umbrella organization serving over 50 academic, civic, for-profit, government, non-profit, and other stakeholder groups and individuals.
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