September 23 & 24, 2017
The Chesapeake Bay — the largest estuary in the United States — is an incredibly complex ecosystem that includes important habitats and food webs. The Bay and its rivers, wetlands and forests provide homes, food and protection for diverse groups of animals and plants. Fish of all types and sizes either live in the Bay and its tributaries year-round or visit its waters as they migrate along the East Coast. The Chesapeake Bay watershed stretches across more than 64,000 square miles, encompassing parts of six states — Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia — and the entire District of Columbia. Of York County’s more than 1700 miles of streams, over 350 miles have been declared impaired by PA DEP. By keeping the focus on York County streams from a preservation, as well as a restoration standpoint, York County water resource goals will also improve the Chesapeake Bay.
The purpose of the Watershed Weekend is to increase public awareness about the importance of local watersheds to community health, sustainable economies, and environmental quality of the Chesapeake Bay. Participants can get to know their watershed and the folks and organizations who are working hard to enhance, restore and protect them.
For a full list of activities, please download the brochure below: