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Watershed Restoration: A Shared Public and Private Investment

Stroud Water Research Center works hand in hand with landowners, helping them use their land more effectively through whole-farm planning and watershed stewardship. In return for our program services, landowners are asked to install forested buffers on streams on their properties and to allow us ongoing access to their sites to gather the scientific data from these efforts.

Our expert team sets up the collaborations and partnerships necessary to achieve the highest level of freshwater conservation. The Stroud Center and many partner groups and agencies have secured over $20 million dollars through USDA’s Resource Conservation Partnership Program to support agriculture conservation and restoration projects on farms in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.


Archival photo of Robin L. Vannote, Ph.D., working at an indoor stream flume.

The Robin L. Vannote Watershed Restoration Program is named for Robin Vannote, Ph.D., a research scientist and the Stroud Center’s first director. Under Vannote’s leadership, the Stroud Center evolved from a dream to an institution at the forefront of freshwater research. The Stroud Center has benefited enormously from Vannote’s hard work, keen insight, and long-term scientific vision since 1966, and the naming of the Watershed Restoration Program is a fitting tribute.


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Watershed Restoration Staff

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Lisa Blazure

Soil Health Coordinator
Wills Curley

Wills Curley

Watershed Restoration Project Coordinator
Rebecca Duczkowski

Rebecca Duczkowski

Assistant Director of Donor Relations and Watershed Restoration Assistant
Matthew Ehrhart

Matthew Ehrhart

Director of Watershed Restoration
Lamonte Garber

Lamonte Garber

Watershed Restoration Coordinator
Headshot of David Wise.

David Wise

Watershed Restoration Manager
Calen Wylie

Calen Wylie

Watershed Restoration Program Assistant

Watershed Restoration News

Pennsylvania DCNR staff work together to plant a shrub within a riparian forest buffer.
Mixing It Up: Riparian Buffers That Clean up Waterways and Produce Profitable Crops
Stroud Center researchers have teamed up with Propagate Ventures to design and implement for-profit, lower-risk buffers that can provide a source of income for farmers.
A group of volunteers with shovels at a tree planting event.
Stroud Center Celebrates Riparian Buffer Month by Planting Trees
The planting will help to buffer a small stream from nearby barnyard activity and provide data about the growth rates of trees using two different types of tree stakes.
Roger Rohrer points out a planting of switchgrass on a steep section of his farm.
One Farmer’s Journey to Planting a Better Buffer
It’s not just one practice that can clean up a stream, but a lot of practices. And it’s not just one farmer; it takes every farmer along a stream to get it clean and keep it clean.
Scientists Explore the Power of Hemp and Better Farming Methods to Build Healthy Soils and Protect Clean Water
Scientists Explore the Power of Hemp and Better Farming Methods to Build Healthy Soils and Protect Clean Water
Two recent field days gave us an opportunity to present updates on research projects examining the connection between farming methods, healthy soils, and clean fresh water.
John Young and Lamonte Garber take stock of a three-acre riparian buffer planted on the Young farm.
A Riparian Buffer Takes Root in Lancaster County
Maintenance is critical to the survival of riparian buffers. We visited John Young on a buffer maintenance day, checking in on the trees, the weeds, and the birds.
A woman carries tree shelters as she helps maintain a streamside forest buffer.
Doing Good Better: Refining Buffer Restoration Methods
The goal of improving the survival and growth of trees has persisted through decades of research. Yet, with every new advance, new questions arise.

Give the Gift of Fresh Water

As you give thanks for the gifts in your life, we invite you to give the gift of water. Clean drinking water, good health, happy trout, productive soil, clean air, the simple joys of swimming, boating, fishing — our healthy freshwater ecosystems make these and so many other things possible.

Your donation today will help preserve and protect
the future of fresh water.