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. The growing population pushed west. By the 1850s, Penn's Woods supported an estimated 128,000 self sufficient 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.
The goal of the Codorus Creek Beautification Initiative is to make the Codorus Creek an important resource for the entire City of York. This 1.4-mile greenway project will create several new public access points to the creek, recreate, and revegetate the banks of the creek, and create a series of multi-use trails connecting residents and visors to the creek and other parts of the city. For more information, visit https://www.yceapa.org/strategic-development/special-initiatives/codorus-creek-beautification/
YAPSA is a diverse group of stakeholders from York and Adams Counties consisting of pharmacies, law enforcement, Guiding Hearts with Hope, the Watershed Alliance of York, Penn State Extension, and the York County Solid Waste Authority, to name a few. We are committed to protecting our environment and its inhabitants from the impacts of improper management of pharmaceuticals. For information on proper medication disposal, visit https://www.ycswa.com/free-medication-return-boxes/
York County's MWS Program was started with the assistance of our program partners - the York County Conservation District and the Watershed Alliance of York. The MWS trainees work on group projects and become official Master Watershed Stewards after volunteering the required 50 hours their first year. So far the program has been a great success, and we look forward to the program growing in York County and across the state too!
Interested individuals can contact Jodi Sulpizio, Natural Resources Educator and Master Watershed Steward Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717)840-7429.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) owns/operates three existing continuous, real-time water discharge and gauge height stations, one each at the mouths of Conewago Creek, Codorus Creek, and Muddy Creek. Last fall, these three stations were updated to add continuous, real-time water quality monitoring for the indicator parameters of temperature, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, pH, and turbidity. This spring, three new gauge stations will be installed, one each at Fishing Creek (near Goldsboro), Kreutz Creek (near Wrightsville), and Fishing Creek (near Craley). Additionally, all six stations will have CRT water quality sensors installed to measure nitrogen and phosphorous. For more information, visit https://www.yorkccd.org/watersheds/water-quality-monitoring
The YCPC and the County Conservation District (YCCD) staff worked collaboratively with the York County Coalition for Clean Waters (YCC4CW) to develop the York Countywide Action Plan (CAP). The CAP sets forth four strategies to improve local water quality. These strategies include: (1) programmatic changes needed at the State level to enable the success of countywide water quality efforts, (2) policy and funding actions for the County and/or municipalities, (3) implementation of urban and agricultural BMPs to reduce pollutants, and (4) water quality actions achievable through the Conservation District’s funding programs. More information can be found at https://www.ycpc.org/459/York-Countywide-Action-Plan-for-Clean-Wa
Best management practices, or BMP for short, have been implemented across York County to help keep our water healthy and reduce the pollution entering our creeks, streams, and river. Take some time to travel around the County to see existing projects such as riparian forest buffers, rain gardens, bioswales, pervious pavement and more! Take the tour: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/d48f719ae0a64a448f2be72555e5288d
We are excited to announce that the Watershed Alliance of York (WAY) has merged with the York County Coalition for Clean Waters (YCC4CW)! As part of this merger, WAY will have a new look. But we will continue in our mission of cleaner and healthier water for all of York County.