Land Protection Impact Assessment in Support of Delaware River Watershed Initiative

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

This project evaluates the hypothesis that protection and/or maintenance of natural land maintains ecological stream quality by limiting, preventing, or redirecting changes to land cover and use away from headwaters, stream buffers, and wetlands. The project will be conducted in two steps — looking first at available chemical, macroinvertebrate, and fish data, and then collecting additional data specifically focused on the relationship between protecting forests and stream quality.

Funded by:

  • 2022: Open Space Institute and William Penn Foundation
  • 2020–2021: Open Space Institute

Principal Investigators: John K. Jackson, Charles L. Dow, and David B. Arscott


  • 2022: Stefanie A. Kroll, Marie J. Kurz, David Keller, Lin Perez, Barry Evans, and Timothy Maguire (Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University); Claire Jantz (Center for Land Use and Sustainability, Shippensburg University)
  • 2020–2021: Stefanie A. Kroll, Marie J. Kurz, David Keller, and Lin Perez (Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University)

Project Years: 2020, 2021, 2022