Watershed Restoration

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

Cattle grazing. Photo courtesy Deep Roots Valley Farm
Farm Stewardship Partner in Spotlight
Will and Kelly Smith share their experiences of conservation work done with the Stroud Center and the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program ... Read More
Photo of sunlight striking frosted grass
“The Lay of the Land: Healthy Soil, Healthy Water” Film Premiere
The 26-minute documentary film, produced by Natural Light Films of Lancaster, tells how local farmers are growing better crops while protecting water quality ... Read More
Cows fenced out of a stream
Good Fences Make Good Water
Cows wading in a stream might make a pretty picture but the reality is a lot less pleasant. Find out why in this 1-minute podcast featuring Jinjun Kan, Ph.D ... Read More
Graphic showing what percentage of nitrogen, sediments, and pesticides are kept out of a stream by a 100-foot tree buffer
The Restored Watershed: 50 Years of Solutions for Clean Fresh Water
For the last 50 years scientists at Stroud Water Research Center have demonstrated the connection between good land-use practices and clean fresh water, between healthy soil and healthy water ... Read More
Illustration with a farm in the distance and healthy soil with organisms in the foreground
Soil Health Management: Changing Conversations, Revolutionizing Agriculture
Soil health management recognizes that the soil is a diverse, dynamic ecosystem that, under proper management, will support healthy crops with fewer inputs. ... Read More
Fourth graders taking tree measurements
Learning Leading to Action: Young Heroes Protecting Our Waterways
Students are not only learning how to protect our waterways; they are also conducting their own scientific research or restoring healthy streams — or sometimes both ... Read More