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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

Lecture to Spotlight Flood Mitigation Work
Lecture to Spotlight Flood Mitigation Work
Join us to learn about the extensive restoration efforts taking place throughout White Clay Creek watershed and how it affects us ... 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
Cover Cropping Series
Cover Cropping Series
The Stroud Center sponsored a series of cover cropping articles written by Steve Groff, a cover crop researcher and owner of Cover Crop Coaching. ... Read More
Students Take to the Woods to Monitor Streamside Forests
Students Take to the Woods to Monitor Streamside Forests
This spring, more than 130 students helped Stroud Center educators and watershed restoration staff monitor streamside forests in the Middle-Schuylkill and Brandywine-Christina watersheds ... Read More
Volunteers Plant 1,140 Trees for National Volunteer Week
Volunteers Plant 1,140 Trees for National Volunteer Week
The Stroud Center celebrated National Volunteer Week with help from Exelon Generation, BB&T, Cheshire Hunt Conservancy, Colonial Pipeline, Dansko, Hugh Lofting Timber Framing, and local community members. ... Read More
Q & A: Rewarding Private Behavior to Enhance the Commons
Q & A: Rewarding Private Behavior to Enhance the Commons
Stroud Center president Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., and Jamie Blaine published an op-ed piece in the September 2016 issue of Freshwater ... Read More
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