Donegal Trout Unlimited works on coldwater streams throughout Lancaster County. To help you locate sites where we’re working, planning, or have done restoration work, the site now includes a map of the county’s watersheds, with links to topographic maps for many of our projects.
Conowingo Creek is one of the few watersheds in Lancaster County which has an Environmental Protection Agency approved Watershed Improvement Plan (click here for improvement plan), sanctioned in 2006 by Donegal Trout Unlimited. The Watershed Improvement Plan documents more that 100 parcels which are in need of remediation. Each year, we work on projects in this watershed. In 2021, four projects will be completed.
Fishing Creek is another stream that feeds directly into the Susquehanna River and, therefore, directly impacts the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Two contiguous properties containing nearly two miles of stream were completed in 2020. Two more farms will be improved in 2021.
In order to identify conservation issues in this watershed, Donegal Trout Unlimited has commissioned a Watershed Improvement Plan for this watershed, partnering with the US Environmental Protection Agency, PA Department of Environmental Protection, and Campbell Foundation to create a detailed plan of action.
This northern Lancaster County stream supports populations of native brook trout as well as wild brown trout. Donegal Trout Unlimited has completed some work on this stream near Brickerville, which included a dam removal and also stream restoration. Funding has been found to remove a second dam on a tributary, which will be done in connection with the replacement of a culvert which is stopping aquatic passage.
In 2019, Donegal Trout Unlimited joined with Doc Fritchey TU to restore this stream from its headwaters in Lebanon County all the way to the dam at Speedwell Forge. With multiple partners playing key roles in this massive project, the assessments of the headwaters is nearly complete, and outreach to property owners has resulted in the first five projects marked for restoration. Some are in the in the design & permitting stage. This project will take at least 25 years to complete.
The most recent project completed in this watershed was on a tributary to the West Branch of this southern Lancaster County stream was in 2019. Several more projects have been identified and will be assessed and planned during the next year.
In spite of COVID-19, Donegal Trout Unlimited completed the last needed restoration project on the main stem of this stream in 2020. Some work on its tributaries was done as well. This accomplishment took 15 years on another one of the County streams which drains into the Susquehanna River. In now supports a healthy population of Eastern brook trout.
This coldwater stream reaches nearly as far as the Maryland border and dumps directly into the Susquehanna River. It is one of the few places in the world where the endangered logperch can be found. In 2021, Donegal Trout Unlimited will complete it third project there, this one running from the bridge on Peach Bottom Road all the way to the Peach Bottom Marina on the Susquehanna River.
A unique feature to this project is that it will be used for conservation education. Excelon, which owns the property, has committed that to partner with Trout Unlimited to provide environmental and conservation education to the community and allow eco-tours at the site for teachers, students, and volunteers. In addition, Excelon will be providing information at it’s Muddy Run Visitor Center located at Muddy Run Recreation Park in Holtwood, PA and also at the Conowingo Visitor Center located in Darlington, MD.
One of the six projects Donegal Trout Unlimited will complete in 2021 is a joint venture on Shearers Creek, just north of Manheim, PA. Approached by Director Matt Royer of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center, Donegal TU agreed to partner on the project with several other organizations to not only restore portions of the stream but also to bring a number of agriculture best management practices to the farm as well. This project complements other stream restoration work done previously on this stream.