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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.

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
Will Curley wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jersey.

Wills Curley

Watershed Restoration Project Coordinator
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Rebecca Duczkowski

Assistant Director of Donor Relations and Watershed Restoration Assistant
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Matthew Ehrhart

Director of Watershed Restoration
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Lamonte Garber

Watershed Restoration Coordinator
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David Wise

Watershed Restoration Manager
Calen Wylie

Calen Wylie

Watershed Restoration Program Assistant

Watershed Restoration News

Raised beds in a healthy soil home garden.
Step Up Your Gardening Game With Healthier Soils
Enhance your soils and local water quality by bringing the principles of regenerative agriculture to your home garden.
Jamie Hicks with his family and his 2022 Chester County Farmer of the Year award.
Stroud Collaborator Jamie Hicks named Farmer of the Year in Chester County, PA
Hicks welcomes the challenge of finding better and more efficient ways to produce food and fiber that are at once profitable and environmentally sustainable.
How to Properly Install Bird Nets on Tree Shelters
How to Properly Install Bird Nets on Tree Shelters
Learn how to install nets to prevent cavity-nesting birds from being trapped while allowing the young tree to grow out of the shelter without being entangled.
Aerial image of reforestation efforts along the east branch of White Clay Creek from 1937 to 2015.
How Data Can Help Win the Fight Against Climate Change
Stroud Center scientists are amassing long-term data on streams and rivers that will help build resilience against the impacts of climate change.
Water professionals on the Christina Basin Task Force annual bus tour.
Sharing Our Knowledge of Watershed Restoration
The Stroud Center partnered with volunteers for two tree plantings, spread the word about agroforestry, and helped water professionals learn about soil health and water quality.
Still from a how to apply stone mulch video.
How to Apply Stone Mulch to Protect Sheltered Trees From Rodents
Trials comparing the use of stone mulch versus herbicides for rodent control around young trees suggest that stone is a superior mulch material and that tree survival rates are comparable between the two methods.