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Watershed Restoration

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
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
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David Wise

Watershed Restoration Manager
Calen Wylie

Calen Wylie

Watershed Restoration Program Assistant

Watershed Restoration News

Scientist to Deliver Healthy Streams Program for Area Farmers
Scientist to Deliver Healthy Streams Program for Area Farmers
Bernard Sweeney, Ph.D., director of Stroud Water Research Center, will present information about streams and how they can be improved.
Workshops: Farms for Food, Clean Water, and Healthy Streams
Workshops: Farms for Food, Clean Water, and Healthy Streams
An opportunity for farmers and rural landowners to learn how conservation projects and forested buffers can restore their streams to healthier conditions.
How Many Trees Does It Take to Protect a Stream?
How Many Trees Does It Take to Protect a Stream?
A literature review by the Stroud Center concluded that forest buffers should be at least 30 meters, or nearly 100 feet, wide to adequately protect streams.
Sharing Our Science: Winter 2014
Sharing Our Science: Winter 2014
Stroud Center Models Farm Stewardship at PA Farm Show; Wise Shares Importance of Trees to Streams; Sweeney Speaks In Support of Streamside Forests.
Connecting Land and Water Solutions: Lamonte Garber Joins Watershed Restoration Group
Connecting Land and Water Solutions: Lamonte Garber Joins Watershed Restoration Group
Garber will serve as the watershed restoration coordinator, working with landowners and partnering agencies on restoration and conservation projects throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.
Applicants Requested for Farm Stewardship Program
Applicants Requested for Farm Stewardship Program
The Stroud Center's Farm Stewardship Program helps landowners plan, fund, and implement conservation practices for long-term farm stewardship.

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