Law Firm Hartman Underhill & Brubaker Provides Environmental Permitting Services for Award-Winning LandStudies Lancaster County Restoration Project

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The full-service Lancaster, Pa., law firm is pleased to congratulate its partner LandStudies, Inc. for garnering a first-place award in a contest featuring innovative video presentations of stormwater management projects.

Full-service Lancaster, Pa., law firm Hartman Underhill & Brubaker, LLC (HUB) is pleased to congratulate its partner LandStudies, Inc. for garnering a first-place award in a contest featuring innovative video presentations of stormwater management projects. HUB provided the environmental permitting services in support of the restoration of the Landis Homes Retirement Community’s Manheim Township Campus, the subject of the winning video by LandStudies.

LandStudies, a Lititz, Pa.-based environmental planning and restoration firm, won first place in the Water Environment Federation’s second annual StormTV Project video competition for the video, which highlights the innovative floodplain restoration work done at the retirement community campus.

About the LandStudies restoration project

Landis Homes Retirement Community’s Manheim Township Campus is home to 700+ residents living in cottages, apartments, suites, and personal care and healthcare facilities. With stewardship as a guiding principal of the retirement community, the primary goal of this restoration project was to vastly improve stream function and the site’s ecological biodiversity while making efficient use of the land. The 6.5 acre floodplain restoration project completed in spring 2013 was designed and constructed by LandStudies. The restoration included 3,100 linear feet of Kurtz Run and the removal of a sediment filled pond along with the removal of approximately three feet of legacy sediment. The resulting nutrient and sediment load reductions will improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, the project reduces stream bank erosion and promotes infiltration and filtration of runoff resulting in water quality benefits. The project has received widespread recognition for its innovation and ecological benefits.

About the contest

The goal of the contest was to share creative ways of managing stormwater, improving water quality, and informing the public of current issues related to water quality, stormwater runoff, and management. Evaluated in the contest were 75 videos representing projects from around the country.

About LandStudies

LandStudies, Inc. is an environmental planning and restoration firm serving the mid-Atlantic region for more than 25 years. The firm works on the belief that understanding and working with natural systems, instead of artificially controlling them, provides consistently superior, more stable, and longer lasting results. The group offers a refreshing approach to conventional site design while balancing stewardship with practicality. For more information, visit

About Hartman Underhill & Brubaker

Hartman Underhill & Brubaker LLC (HUB) is a full-service, Lancaster, Pa.-based law firm offering comprehensive services throughout Central Pennsylvania in the areas of business, land use, school and municipal, and litigation. Its practice groups include Business Services; Financial Services; Employment, Pension, and Tax; Estate Planning, Succession Planning, and Elder Law; Real Estate, Zoning and Land Use; School and Municipal Law; Litigation; and Family Law. Established in 1978, HUB has steadily expanded in size, expertise, and depth of experience while enhancing its position as one of the most well-respected and well-positioned law firms in Central Pennsylvania. The firm has offices in Downtown Lancaster and Ephrata, Pa.

HUB’s team of 18 attorneys includes partners Michael W. Babic, Thomas W. Bergen, Joshua D. Cohen, Robert M. Frankhouser, Jr., Kevin M. French, Alexander Henderson, III, William C. McCarty, Jeffrey P. Ouellet, Kim R. Smith, Mark Stanley (Managing Partner), and William J. Zee III; associates Joseph B. Allen, Brandon S. Harter, Kaitlin R. McGinnis, and David M. Walker; and attorneys of counsel Marylou Barton, Mark L. James, and Christopher S. Underhill. For more information, visit

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