Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance sponsors photo contest

By on April 15, 2015
Justin Nissley won Best in Show at last year’s Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance photo contest with this shot.

Justin Nissley won Best in Show at last year’s Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance photo contest with this shot.


Youth in kindergarten through twelfth grade are encouraged to enter the Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance’s “Capture the Creek” photo contest.

Black & white or color photos must have been taken in the Chiques Creek watershed in either Lancaster or Lebanon counties between Jan. 1, 2013 and May 31, 2015. Deadline for contest entries is May 31.

CCWA president Tim Elder said that this is the second year for the contest.

“We want to encourage kids to get out and enjoy and appreciate nature and the Chiques Creek. This contest is one way of doing just that,” Elder explained.

He said that this year’s contest is easier to enter; it’s all online. The organization also received approval to distribute information about the contest in Manheim Central’s schools.

“We hope to encourage more kids to enter. The contest is also a way to increase awareness about our organization,” Elder said.

Rules and instructions are available online at, and photos may be submitted online. One photo may be submitted per contestant, and photos may not be digitally enhanced. There is no entry fee.

A first place prize, a $50 Visa gift card, will be awarded in each age group-grades K-4; grades 5-8. and grades 9-2. A Best of Show prize will also be selected-the winner will receive an $100 Visa gift card and a framed copy of the winning photograph.

Winners will be announced at the CCWA’s Watershed Expo on Wednesday, June 24 at the Lancaster Liederkranz, 722 S. Chiques Road, Manheim. Winning entries will be displayed during the Expo and at the CCWA’s exhibit at the 62nd Manheim Community Farm Show, October 5 through 9.

CCWA was founded in 2001 to promote good stewardship of the land in within the watershed in order to protect and preserve the creek for the present community and for future generations. The organization launched a podcast driving tour in 2013. The Tour de Chiques features seven sites in Manheim Borough, Penn and Rapho townships that feature both CCWA and municipal projects.

The organization completed a streambank restoration project of Rife Run in Mummau Park in 2010. An education kiosk near the stream promotes the benefits of improved water quality. Located along W. High St., the nearly 11-acre park straddles Manheim Borough and Rapho Township.

CCWA is currently partnering with the Manheim Soccer Club and Manheim Borough to restore the Rife Run streambank in Logan Park. Located along West High Street, across from Mummau Park, Logan Park lies wholly within the borough, and it contains nearly a dozen soccer fields. Elder said that the project to restore 1,040-feet of floodplain and remove legacy sediment will begin in late June and is expected to be completed in mid-October.

“The timing is being coordinated with the soccer club so they have use of the fields for this year’s spring season. After the project is completed, the turf needs time to get established, so fields can be used after next spring’s season,” Elder said, “The main goal of the projects is to improve water quality.”

Rapho Township manager and CCWA representative Sara Gibson added that the project will also reduce flooding in the park and allow development of new wildlife habitats. Sediment removed from the creek bed will be used to build up the soccer fields around the creek, which not only results in less flooding but also more useable field space.

LandStudies designed the project and will serve as general contractor. Design was funded in part by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; the total cost was about $40,000, with the grant amount of $30,000. Construction is estimated to cost $439,000, funded by a DEP Growing Greener Grant of $239,000 and a second NFWF grant of $200,000.

In addition to the watershed expo, CCWA will host its first mini-golf tournament, the CCWA Classic at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 at the Caddy Shack, Manheim. Details of this and other CCWA activities are available on the organization’s website and Facebook page.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at

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