The Eastern Lancaster County Source Water Protection Coalition, known as ELANCO,  formed in 2012 with the support of a $5,000 WREN Source Water Protection Collaborative Grant.

The Partners include: Terre Hill Borough, Blue Ball Water Authority; Western Heights Water Authority; New Holland Borough; Earl Township, and East Earl Township.

The partners have continued their strong commitment to source water protection education after wrapping up their WREN grant project in June 2013.  During 2013-2014, they participated in an EPA-sponsored Pilot Source Water Protection effort.  They worked to broaden their reach through regular meetings of coalition members and participation by key stakeholders in the Plain Sect and Mennonite community. They expanded the coalition with leadership provided by the Lancaster County Planning Commission with a host of additional partners (Chesapeake Bay Program, EPA, NRCS, PA DEP, PRWA, WREN project of the LWVPA-CEF, Lancaster County Conservation District, Lancaster County Conservancy, Lancaster Farmland Trust, Penn State Extension, SSM Group, Susquehanna River Basin Commission).  The partnership was successful in conducting an educational workshop attended by almost 400 local farmers.

ELANCO Source Water Protection Workshop December 9, 2013 to educate local farmers

Fact Sheet on ELANCO by national Source Water Collaborative outlining scope, members, water concerns, strategies and results (2014).

WREN Feature Article outlines source water protection efforts to reduce agricultural risks with information on the ELANCO Coalition.

View the ELANCO public education brochure developed by the students of Garden Spot High School – View PDF File


View short YouTube video (2:33) featuring Cathy Port, PADEP South Central Region, and Robert Rissler, Mayor of Terre Hill Borough, Lancaster County, speak about the importance of taking action to prevent pollution of drinking water sources.  Mr. Rissler is also the chair of the ELANCO Source Water Protection Steering Committee.

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