York Countywide Action Plan for Clean Water


PA, under the Chesapeake Bay Agreement, has an obligation to clean up its waterways in the Chesapeake Bay Region. With 43 counties and over 49,000 miles of streams and rivers that flow into the Bay, this can be a daunting task. Early in PA’s Chesapeake Bay Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) development process, the Commonwealth sought out the community leaders to help determine the best way to employ practices and projects to clean up the pollution entering their waterways. PA selected four counties to be early planners — Lancaster, York, Adams, and Franklin – in the development of local Countywide Action Plans for Clean Water. The other 39 counties will follow, benefiting from the lessons learned in these four pilot counties.

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.

York Countywide Action Plan (CAP) (PDF)

View the January 15, 2021 YCC4CW meeting conducted through Zoom. 

View the November 20, 2020 YCC4CW meeting conducted through Zoom.

View the September 18, 2020 YCC4CW meeting conducted through Zoom.

View the July 17, 2020 YCC4CW meeting conducted through Zoom.

View the May 15, 2020 YCC4CW meeting conducted through Zoom

Action Teams

The County Commissioners designated the YCPC as the lead agency to implement the York CAP in partnership with the YCCD and YCC4CW. The YCC4CW has evolved into five (5) Action Teams: 

  • Education & Outreach
  • Revenue Building
  • Data Management
  • Project Implementation
  • Legislative & Programmatic Changes

A representative of the YCPC and/or YCCD serves on each Action Team. In addition to these Action Teams, there is a Leadership Team and a CAP Coordinator. 

Click through to see each Action Team description.

Education & Outreach

Develop a marketing or messaging plan tailored to York County as the primary focus and the Bay as the secondary focus. The purpose of the marketing plan is to introduce the topic of local clean water, inform the community about our current conditions, identify what we need to do as a community, and invite volunteers to get involved through the York County Coalition for Clean Waters (YCC4CW). This effort could also include targeted messages for specific stakeholder groups we are looking to attract to the effort. This will require professional marketing assistance that may be funded through a grant from a local foundation or other agency. This will include the development of a website, social media messaging, surveys or other methods that the committee can build upon after the marketing contract is completed.

Revenue Building

Working with the Project Implementation Action Team, the Revenue Building Action Team will develop a flow chart of projects in varying phases of development, estimate the amount of funding needed in each phase, and identify potential funding sources, both traditional and non-traditional. This information may be reviewed with the Data Management Action Team. to determine if the projects in the chart will get us the needed reductions. This information will also be reviewed with the Project Implementation Action Team to determine if we should promote a different mix of projects to meet the necessary reductions.  This may also lead to a targeted message campaign about funding availability, specific projects that are being sought, or other specific messages.

Data Management

It is assumed that MS4 projects are being captured through the annual report of municipal permittees, and that Ag projects are being captured in PracticeKeeper. The purpose of the Data Management Team is to report unreported projects through the special application developed in Fielddocs for this purpose, and to periodically report water quality monitoring trends to the Coalition and its Action Teams. This will require working with the Project Implementation AT to identify unreported projects and to gather standard information to enter and report the project. This may also include working with the Education and Outreach AT to get the message out that we are seeking information about private or unreported projects that are beneficial to our water quality.

Project Implementation

The Purpose of the Project Implementation Action Team is to identify and track clean water projects to determine where the YCC4CW can provide assistance, and to ensure that York County is receiving credit for the projects. The PI team will generate a master list of projects, which will include the varying stages of implementation and construction. Members of the team will connect partners and will reach out to struggling project sponsors to see if any assistance can be provided through the YCC4CW. This work will require coordination with the Education and Outreach Action Team to relay the message that we are seeking information about projects for credit purposes. The Team will also coordinate with the Data Management Action Team to make sure projects are getting reported as needed.

Legislative & Programmatic Change

Clearly describe/define the programmatic and policy changes identified in the York Countywide Action Plan (CAP) needed for successful CAP implementation. Develop a strategy that will inform and engage the appropriate agencies, legislators, interest groups, and other interested stakeholders to move the needed legislative, programmatic and policy changes forward in order to accomplish the CAP goals. This may include various actions, such as letters, meetings, white papers, etc. Actions being implemented outside of the Action Team that impact identified program changes shall be tracked and comments provided, if applicable.

If any of these Action Teams interest you and you would like to get involved, please contact Rachel Stahlman at rstahlman@ycpc.org. She will put you in touch with the leader of that Action Team.

Check out the Water Quality Monitoring Tour that took place on 9/25/2020.