Projects & Grants

   Our major efforts right now, in summer 2018, are focused on several related projects.  This page provides brief summaries of ongoing projects we're spearheading or supporting, and takes a look back on our past two decades of our work across the Quittapahilla watershed.


1.  Proposed & Ongoing Projects to Improve the Water Quality in the Watershed

     The recent Sunoco Penalty Grant opportunity — closed on June 20, 2018 — generated nine proposals submitted by five non-profit entities to improve the water quality in the Quittapahilla watershed. 
As detailed below, three proposals were submitted by the Quittapahilla Watershed Association in partnership with The Lebanon Valley Conservancy (TLVC), with the crucial help of Doc Fritchey Trout Unlimited (DFTU).  One proposal was submitted by South Annville Township; one by Cornwall Borough; and five by the Lebanon County Stormwater Consortium, four of which lie within our watershed.  

     The map below shows the locations of all nine of these project proposals.  The map also shows a tenth project currently being undertaken by DFTU, with funding from the PA Fish & Boat Commission, on Lower Snitz Creek (Snitz Project S24 — see the fourth major item on this page, below). 

     Below the map is a list with brief descriptions of these projects, with links to PDF files of all nine proposals and accompanying location maps & site maps.  These documents can also be found on the Studies & Documents page of this website.  All (except the tenth) were submitted to PA-DEP for the Sunoco Penalty Grant opportunity by the deadline of 20 June 2018.  Snitz Creek Project No. 2 and Beck Creek Project No. 6 were also submitted to PA-DEP's Growing Greener Plus program in July 2018.

     Click on the map below for a full-size image (JPEG, 300 dpi, 6 MB):

     1.  Killinger Creek Project K5.  Proposed by the QWA/TLVC.  Seeks funding for the design, permit, and construction of a 1400-foot stream stabilization and restoration with an associated riparian buffer and a restored wetland on Killinger Creek in South Annville Township.  Projected cost:  $130,564.  Detailed Project Description  •  Location Map  •  Site Maps

     2.  Beck Creek Project B6
Proposed by the QWA/TLVC. Seeks funding to restore 2,000 linear feet of Beck Creek from the Route 322 bridge to the meander near Spangler Road in West Cornwall Township. Projected Cost:  $874,822 Detailed Project Description  •  Location Map  •  Site Map

     3.  Snitz Creek Project S2.  
Proposed by the QWA/TLVC to PA-DEP.  Seeks funding to restore 2,300 linear feet of Snitz Creek from the culvert outfall downstream of the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail to the culvert upstream of Culvert Road in Cornwall Borough.  Projected Cost:  $862,666.  •  Detailed Project Description  •  Location Map  •  Site Map

     4.  Bachman Run Project B15.  
Proposed by South Annville Township.  Seeks funding to stablilize approximately 310 linear feet of Bachman Run between Louser Road and Reigerts Lane, plant a riparian buffer of native vegetation, and manage stormwater discharge from two regulated outfalls.  Projected Cost:  $112,000.  •  Detailed Project Description  •  Location Map  •  Site Map

     5.  Snitz Creek Project Upstream of S1. 
Proposed by Cornwall Borough.  Seeks funding for four stormwater management basins, a vegetated swale, and a riparian buffer on several properties along the upper reaches of Snitz Creek owned by Cornwall Borugh in the Goosetown neighborhood (between Anthracite Road and Rexmont Road, upstream of the project designated as Project S1).  Projected Cost: $166,400.  •  Detailed Project Description  •  Location Map  •  Site Map

     6.  Unnamed Tributary / Clover Drive Project.  
Proposed by the Lebanon County Stormwater Consortium.  Seeks funding for a retrofit of an existing detention basin located on Clover Drive (next to the intersection of Barberry Lane) in South Lebanon Township.  Projected Cost:  $66,900.  •  Detailed Project Description  •  Location Map  •  Site Map

     7.  Upper Quittapahilla Mainstem / Hickory Blvd. Project.  
Proposed by the Lebanon County Stormwater Consortium.  Seeks funding for a retrofit of an existing stormwater detention basis located on Hickory Blvd. in the upper reaches of the Upper Quittapahilla mainstem in South Lebanon Township.  Projected Cost: $81,600.  •  Detailed Project Description  •  Location Map  •  Site Map

     8.   Upper Quittapahilla Mainstem Project UQ2 & UQ3. 
Proposed by the Lebanon County Stormwater Consortium.  Seeks funding for a wetlands basin at the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center that will capture & retain stormwater and allow for the infiltration of stormwater and recharge of the groundwater aquifer.  Projected cost:  $430,500.  •  Detailed Project Description  •  Location Map  •  Site Map

     9.  South Hills Park Rain Gardens Project.  
Proposed by the Lebanon County Stormwater Consortium. Seeks funding for five rain gardens (bioretention basins) at South Hills Park at the headwaters of an unnamed tributary of Quittapahilla Creek in South Lebanon Township. Projected cost: $140,700.   Detailed Project Description  •  Location Map  •  Site Map

     10.  Snitz Creek Project S24
Ongoing project in summer 2018, undertaken by DFTU with funding from the PA Fish & Boat Commission.  Construction commenced June 2018, expected completion August 2018.  Funded at $115,000, with additional cost-sharing by a number of entities.   Detailed Project Description

    The total projected cost of all Sunoco Penalty Grant proposals submitted to PA-DEP for the Quittapahilla watershed comes to  $2,866,152 (Sunoco Penalty Grant funding is a $12.6 million pot of money spread out across the 85 municipalities traversed by the Sunoco Mariner East projects; for more information, see the Studies & Documents page of this website.)

2.  Summer 2018 Paid Internship Program

     Thanks to a generous $1,500 grant from Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited, and with an additional $900 contribution from North Cornwall Township, the QWA, in partnership with The Lebanon Valley Conservancy, is sponsoring two paid summer 2018 interns to undertake an updated assessment of key waterways in the watershed, focusing on Beck Creek.  Interns will be paid $10 per hour for 120 hours each.

     Our two summer 2018 interns, Brittany Weaver and Kyla O'Connor, are both students at Lebanon Valley College.  Brittany is majoring in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies, and Kyla is majoring in Environmental Science.

     We are hoping to make this paid summer internship program a permanent part of what we do.  At right is the flier announcing the summer 2018 internship (click on the thumbnail to access the PDF file).  We're hoping that our summer 2019 internship announcement will look pretty similar. 

   Below:  photos of Brittany Weaver (first pic) & Kyla O'Connor working hard undertaking a geomorphic assessment of Beck Creek & having fun doing it on their summer 2018 internship:



3.  Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)

   To improve a watershed, you first need to identify the problems and map out a viable solution.   On April 25, 2016, the Lebanon Valley Conservancy, Inc., in collaboration with the Quittapahilla Watershed Association and Clear Creeks Consulting (Rocky Powell, President) was awarded $26,250 Growing Greener grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the development of a Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) for the Quittapahilla watershed.  A WIP formally approved by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and PA-DEP is in most cases an essential precondition for state, federal, and private foundation grants. 

   That's the "identify the problem & map out a solution" phase.  Next is the "do the work" phase!  We are thrilled about the award, because it means that our efforts to improve the quality of the Quittapahilla watershed continue to bear fruit, and that the Commonwealth recognizes the importance of these efforts and supports them, not just in word but with the material resources to get them done.  The contract between Clear Creeks Consulting, LLP, and the Lebanon Valley Conservancy, dated 14 January 2017, can be found on the Studies & Documents page.

   At our meeting of March 21, 2017, Rocky Powell offered a detailed summary of the many impairments of the watershed, a broad-ranging discussion of the still-developing WIP, and a plan of action for moving forward.   His 108-slide PowerPoint presentation is archived here as a PDF file:   Rocky's PowerPoint Presentation of 3/21/2017. (PDF file, 45.5 MB)

The following slide outlines the Watershed Association's responsibilities in this process:


    Our working committees have completed the first task in "Developing the WIP":  identifying & prioritizing projects to be implemented (see our Minutes for May, June, and July 2017). 

     We've also completed the second task:  "Convert the calculated pollutant loadings reductions . . . "  -- in particular for Snitz Creek, thanks in large part to the efforts of our intern Samuel Soliday, a Geo Environmental Studies major at Shippensburg University who graduated in May 2018.  In his 120 hour unpaid internship in June & July 2017, Sam documented conditions along most every meter of Snitz Creek and its tributaries, compiling his findings in a detailed 152-page report and accompanying field notes (housed on the Studies & Documents page).  "Sam did outstanding work," in the words of Rocky Powell, who supervised his internship.

     The QWA Board extends its sincere & hearty thanks to Sam Soliday for his excellent work!  (left:  QWA Intern Samuel Soliday)

  The third task -- initiating contact with landowners, explaining project planning & goals, and confirming their interest in participating -- remains ongoing, depending on the project.  Bottom line is, we're poised to jump into action and contact landowners whenever projects reach that stage.   

Work on the fourth task, "Develop a public education, participation, and outreach strategy" is also complete.  Kelly Cottingham has produced a very fine introductory video to the watershed, and we'll be developing additional videos to spotlight the watershed's principal impairments and our proposed solutions.  We'll work to reach our target audience via social media, press releases, special events, and in other ways.

     We've made good progress, but we could also use your help.  As an all-vounteer organization, we depend on people "just showing up" to our meetings & events.  People show up because they're concerned about all the injuries & degradations they see in our local environment, and because they care about and want to give back to their community.  Maybe you're one of them . . .

   Rocky expects to complete the WIP by August 1, 2018.  So stay tuned!



4.  Lower Snitz Creek Restoration Project Spearheaded by the Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited

      In December 2016, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission announced that a proposal from the Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited for stream restoration along some 1,200 linear feet of Lower Snitz Creek in North Cornwall Township -- a proposal strongly endorsed by the Quittapahilla Watershed Association -- has received preliminary approval.   The approved amount -- $115,000 -- was $32,500 shy of the original grant request of $147,500.  See the Studies & Documents page for the Sept 2016 proposal, which seeks to stabilize the banks; provide livestock crossings; remove invasive species; erect fencing; narrow the channel; increase the stream velocity; and include installation of riparian buffers using saplings to be provided by the Donegal Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  Construction began in June 2018, and we hope to provide regular updates as the project moves forward.

5. Quittapahilla Creek Stream Restoration Project in Annville

     This project took about 16 years from beginning to end. 
The final phase, dubbed "Phase 2," began in July 2016 and was mostly completed by late September 2016.  Phase 2 was made possible thanks to a $422,462 Growing Greener Grant from PA-DEP.  The funds for Phase 2 came atop the $444,126 Growing Greener grant and $80,000 from the PA Fish & Boat Commission for Phase 1, awarded in 2014 -- bringing the grand total for Phases 1 & 2 to nearly $1 million ($946,588).  Studies that made the work possible began around the year 2000.

     The following organizations & businesses combined efforts to make this project happen:

     •  Lebanon Valley Conservancy
(overall project management & administration, finances, reports)
     •  Quittapahilla Watershed Association
(oversee re-vegetation, coordinate with landowners, monitor annually)
     •  Lebanon Valley College
(pre- and post-construction biological surveys & monitoring)
     •  Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
(post-construction habitat evaluation)
     •  Clear Creeks Consulting, LLC
 (professional services for project coordination)
     •  Sylva Native Nursery & Seed Co
 (matching for planting materials)
     •  Aquatic Resources Restoration Company 
(did the work)

      A week-to-week photoblog
on the Stream Resoration Project can be found under "Photos & Images" at left, under the sub-tab Restoration 2014-16.  Work on this major & important project began on Monday, November 10, 2014, and was formally inaugurated a week later, on Nov. 17, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Raymond Swingholm Pedestrian Bridge off Bachman Road in Annville.  The goal of the project is to restore 3,450 linear feet of Quittie Creek — about two-thirds of a mile (0.65 of a mile), from 150 yards upstream of the Old Mill Dam in Quittie Creek Nature Park to just upstream of the 934 Bridge, as shown on the Site Location Map below.  Phase 1, covered by the Growing Greener and Fish & Boat Commission grants and mostly completed on 19 February 2015, removed most of the concrete remnants of the Old Mill Dam and restored approximately 1,750 linear feet of streambank and stream channel, starting about 150 yards upstream of the Pedestrian Bridge and continuing a couple of hundred yards past Stumpy's Little Footbridge off Bachman Road.  Phase 2, which took the project down nearly to the Route 934 (White Oak St.) Bridge, saw its formal conclusion at the closeout meeting of Monday, October 3, 2016.

     This project will remain prominently listed on this Projects & Grants page because it was a big project and a big success, and because the QWA will be responsible for annual monitoring of the restored areas until the year 2021.

     The area encompassed by both Phases 1 & 2 is shown in the map below:

Site Location Map detail adapted from USGS (7.5 min. quad.) Palmyra & Lebanon PA as modified by Skelly & Loy, Inc. June 2012, Fig. 1, Attach. G.

      Supporting documentation, including detailed maps of the project, appears on the Studies & Documents page of this website  We express our gratitude to the Lebanon Valley Conservancy for its sponsorship of our Growing Greener and Fish & Boat Commission grant applications under the umbrella of its 501c(3) tax status.


6.  Website  

    A sixth main project we're working on right now is building this website and bringing everything on these web pages up to date.  Thank you for your patience as we move forward.

Major past projects

   Here we list the major projects undertaken by the Quittapahilla Watershed Association since its founding in June 1997.  See the materials housed on the Archives page of this website (the first item under "Photos & Images") for a more detailed look at each of these projects, including not only final reports but correspondence, photos, memos & notes, receipts, and related material. 

  •   2009-2010.   PA-DEP Growing Greener Grant to study work in Annville, completed in 2010, to prepare a plan to stabilize 3,300 feet of stream bank. Grant amount: $90,000.

  •   2008-2010.   PA-DEP Growing Greener Grant BMP3 2008, completion in 2010. To create a wetland to remove sediment and phosphorous. Grant amount: $250,000.

  •   2006.   National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant for sediment study. Completed. Grant amount: $25,000.

  •   2005-2006.   PA Fish & Boat Commission grant to stabilize the stream bank in Cornwall Borough Park. Final Report submitted 2/1/07. Grant amount: $10,000.

  •   2001-2006.   PA-DEP Growing Greener Assessment Grant - 1B.  Completed.  Grant amount: $282,000.

  •   2000-2001.   PA-DEP Growing Greener Assessment Grant 1A. Completed.  Grant amount: $175,000.

  •   2003.   Cleona Park mitigation grant to stabilize the stream bank in Cleona Park, $3,600.

  •   2000-2001.   PA-Department of Community & Economic Development (PA-DCED) Grant for developing an educational wetland involving four school districts and Lebanon Valley College. Final Report submitted 2003.  Grant amount: $14,000.00
DEP construction work at wetland.  Final Report submitted 2003.  Grant amount: $37,000.

  •   2000-2002.   PA-DEP Growing Greener Grant & PA-DCNR Grant.  Work on four farms on Little Swatara Creek:  installation of 9,825 feet of streambank fencing and planting of riparian buffers.  Final Report submitted 6/30/2003.  Grant amounts: PA-DCNR: $14,513.60.  PA-DEP: $19,425.

  •   2000-2002.   PA-DEP Growing Greener Grant for the Hammer Creek:  9,916 feet of streambank fenced and riparian buffers planted on six farms.  Final Report submitted 6/30/2003.  Grant amount: $56,618.67.

  •   2001.   U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service grant for component of assessment study.  Completed.  Grant amount: $5,000.

  •   1999-2000.   PA-DEP Watershed Restoration Grant. 10,115 feet of stream bank fenced and riparian buffers planted on seven farms.  Final Report submitted 6/30/2000.  Grant amount: $28,204.59.

  •   1998-1999.   PA-DEP Watershed Restoration Grant. 25,451 feet of stream bank fenced and riparian buffers planted on eleven farms.  Final Report submitted 6/30/1999.  Grant amount: $44,844.45.

  •   1998-2002.  Over three tons of trash collected from the watershed in multiple community cleanups organized or sponsored by the QWA.

  •   1998-2001.   Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Adopt-a-Stream Grant.  Stabilized 4,000 feet of stream bank In Quittie Creek Nature Park (1000 feet per year).  $2,000 per year for four years, for a total of $8,000.


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