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Heather Smeltz

Chiques Creek Watershed Legacy Sediment Project

As a result of the dominant agricultural land use, urban development, and lack of forest cover, the Chiques Creek watershed is stressed from siltation, streamflow alterations, excess suspended sediment, and nutrient enrichment.  Historic mill dams throughout the watershed have disconnected the stream channel from the historic floodplain.  The primary source of sediment in Chiques Creek is streambank erosion of legacy sediment, and the total annual sediment load requires a reduction of up to 40 percent from the existing baseline to meet the targeted sediment loads.

The Lancaster County Conservation District (LCCD), and the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), have initiated a study to evaluate and develop land treatment concepts that focus on the stabilization or removal of legacy sediments; evaluate; and determine what treatment is best applied under certain conditions to address erosion from legacy sediment in the most cost-effective and environmentally beneficial manner.

The LCCD, NRCS, and a consulting engineer, RJH Consultants, will host a meeting to request public input regarding this study.  We request the public’s participation in the planning process by identifying problems and opportunities; providing available data and information; and providing suggestions and comments.


       Time and Place of the Public Meeting

Place:                 Rapho Township, 971 N. Colebrook Road

                             Manheim, PA 17545

Date:                  July 27, 2022

Time:                  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The public can also participate virtually by contacting Heather Smeltz with NRCS at, (717) 237-2214 by July 25, 2022. 

If you have questions, or need reasonable accommodations, contact Heather Smeltz with the NRCS.  To submit a suggestion or comment for this project, please provide to Heather Smeltz before August 26, 2022.

For more information about the project, please visit the project website on the Lancaster County Conservation District’s website,