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.


Threading through the Chesapeake watershed are more than 100,000 streams and rivers — called tributaries — that eventually flow into the Bay. Everyone in the Bay watershed lives within a few minutes of one of these streams and rivers, which are like pipelines from our communities to the Bay.


We all live in a watershed!





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. 


Watershed Weekend is fun for the whole family!


 2011 WATERSHED WEEKEND GUIDE (click here)





Below, we've listed this years venues by title which are links to venue descriptions, sposnors, dates and time, other information, and location maps, individually and separatly. Click on each title to view, download and print our venue documents.



Come take a self-guided tour of Chesapeake Bay restoration Best Management Practices in York County, Pennsylvania.  


2) New Freedom Stream Rehabilitation

Come see a degraded urban stream and learn about how the community is going to rehabilitate and protect this vital headwaters to the South Branch Codorus Creek.


3) Cooperative Trout Nursery Open House

The public and landowners are invited to attend our Cooperative Trout Nursery Open House where we raise 8,000 brown trout that are stocked for fishing in the Muddy Creek Watershed.


4) "FRESH" Sustainability Film Screening

FRESH is more than a movie, it’s a gateway to action. Our aim is to help grow FRESH food, ideas, and become active participants in an exciting, vibrant, and fast-growing movement.


5) Oil Creek Restoration Monitoring

Citizen volunteer monitors are invited to join CCWA sampling in-stream macroinvertebrates, stream bank and channel structure, function, and stability, in-stream habitat, and riparian forest buffer growth.


6) Grounded, Green and Growing!

Come and meet our Incubator Farmers, observe their sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices, enjoy buying fresh, local produce at our Farm Stand or tour and farm and see what green practices we have adopted.


7) Conewago Boat Access Area Cleanup


8) York County Envirothon Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser

Proceeds to help support environmental education programs of the York County Conservation District.


9) Valley Road Illegal Dump Site #220 Cleanup

Citizen volunteers needed to help cleanup illegal dump site #220 identified in PA Cleanways’s 2010 survey and report.


10) Piedmont Center for Environmental Stewardship Open House

Self-guided tour of our native plant gardens. Learn about the Piedmont Center for Environmental Stewardship. Opportunity to purchase hard to find native plants.


11) Hollow Run Restoration Project

Visit the Hollow Run restoration project in Nixon Park, see various in-stream structures and habitat improvements, and learn about the importance of stream ecology and watershed protection.


12) Recreation on the Susquehanna River

Information on activities, kayak rentals for self-guided paddle tours.

NOTE: Shank's Mare Outfitters will not be conducting self-guided paddle tours on the Susquehanna River Saturday September 24th because a FLASH FLOOD WATCH has been issued by the NWS. 


13) Willis Run Restoration and Important Bird Habitat Improvement

Volunteers will take part in constructing structures that will stabilize and improve a section of Willis Run upstream from Kiwanis Lake. This area is part of an Important Birding Area designated by the Audubon Society. This work will increase fish habitat that is critical part of the diet for juvenile herons and egrets nesting in the area.


14) Mother Earth Harvest Fair

Hands-On Harvest Fair. Fun-filled Family-focused Fall Fete. 2011 Theme: Fresh Local Solutions (to Life's Persistent Questions). A Celebration of Hands On Learning and Activities. Petting Animals, The Best of Local Food and Farming, Creative Arts, and Activities, Children's Village, Lots of Local Music -- Did We Say, Oodles of Fun?!! New This Year: Only $5 per Adult, kids 12 and under FREE. Spoutwood Farm Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational farm



Other Resource Links


National Weather Service

Susquehanna River Conditions

Mapping & Directions