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A Shared Public and Private Investment

Study after study has shown that preventing pollution at its source is considerably cheaper and more effective than treating problems downstream.

Helping landowners make needed improvements takes a combination of outreach, discussion, flexibility, and patience. But no amount of goodwill can surmount gaps in financing and technical knowledge, even where landowners are willing to commit their own dollars to projects that help downstream landowners and water supplies.

“Best Management Walk and Talk Session” hosted by the Stroud Center and Berks County Conservation District. Photo: Lamonte Garber

Stroud™ Water Research Center’s Watershed Restoration Group taps a wide range of public and private funds to help landowners afford projects that can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars, and often more.

Programs offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provide the foundation for many of our restoration projects. It’s an “alphabet soup” of programs and acronyms, and we help landowners secure the best program funding to suit their farms and properties. One such program deserves special mention is USDA’s Resource Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The Stroud Center and many partner groups and agencies have secured over $20 million dollars through RCPP to support agriculture conservation and restoration projects on farms in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.

Watershed Restoration Staff

Matthew Ehrhart

Matthew Ehrhart

Director of Watershed Restoration
Lamonte Garber

Lamonte Garber

Watershed Restoration Coordinator
Matthew Gisondi

Matthew Gisondi

Watershed Restoration Program Assistant
David Wise

David Wise

Watershed Restoration Manager
Calen Wylie

Calen Wylie

Watershed Restoration Program Assistant

Watershed Restoration News

Funds for Improved Farming Practices to Help the Chesapeake Bay
Funds for Improved Farming Practices to Help the Chesapeake Bay
Stroud™ Water Research Center’s Watershed Restoration Group was awarded $750,000 to install best management practices on 24 farms ... Read More
USDA Programs Put Stroud Center Science on the Ground
USDA Programs Put Stroud Center Science on the Ground
With the help of the USDA, a growing number of farmers are choosing to plant streamside forests to protect water quality for their downstream neighbors ... Read More
Volunteers Plant 1,000 Trees in Coatesville
Volunteers Plant 1,000 Trees in Coatesville
The Stroud Center and the Brandywine Conservancy hosted a tree planting on a farm that was once the northern base of the historic King Ranch of Texas ... Read More
Lancaster Farming Highlights Farmer's Efforts to Help Environment
Lancaster Farming Highlights Farmer’s Efforts to Help Environment
The Stoltzfus farm is a great example of how the Stroud Center can help landowners tap a range of public and private funds to help them afford projects ... Read More
Berks Farmers Connect With Land, Water, and Customers
Berks Farmers Connect With Land, Water, and Customers
Willow Run Farm has a sustainable philosophy that includes grass-fed cattle, free-range chickens, and restoring a stream with the help of the Stroud Center ... Read More
Tour Highlights How Farm Practices Can Protect Drinking Water
Tour Highlights How Farm Practices Can Protect Drinking Water
Stroud™ Water Research Center’s Executive Director, David Arscott, Ph.D., recently spoke with members of the Christina River Basin Task Force on a tour of Hoopes’ farm.  ... Read More
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