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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
Headshot of Rebecca Duczkowski.

Rebecca Duczkowski

Assistant Director of Donor Relations
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Matthew Ehrhart

Director of Watershed Restoration
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Lamonte Garber

Watershed Restoration Coordinator
Amanda Garzio-Hadzick

Amanda Garzio-Hadzick

Watershed Restoration Specialist
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Heather Titanich

Watershed Restoration Coordinator
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David Wise

Watershed Restoration Manager
Calen Wylie

Calen Wylie

Watershed Restoration Program Assistant

Watershed Restoration News

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.
Joining Forces With Farmers to Protect Clean Water
Joining Forces With Farmers to Protect Clean Water
The Stroud Center and its Delaware River Watershed Initiative partners are helping farmers implement agricultural best management practices to protect clean water.
Steve Groff kneels in a field of hairy vetch, triticale and clover on his farm in Holtwood, Pa. The field has been rolled. Photo by Philip Gruber, courtesy of Lancaster Farming
Tips for Cover Cropping Success
The Stroud Center sponsors a series of cover cropping articles written by Steve Groff, a cover crop researcher and owner of Cover Crop Coaching.
American mink standing on rocks
Secretive Mink Caught on Video in White Clay Creek
This was an unusual sighting because American mink are most active at night and in the early morning hours. It's also a good sign for White Clay Creek.
Sign reading We Planted Trees for Clean Water
We Planted Trees (1,975 of Them!) for Clean Water
Every tree we plant helps prevent pollutants from entering our water supplies and provides lasting benefits of shade, beauty and the natural habitat essential to a healthy ecosystem.
Volunteers Plant Nearly 1,000 Trees for National Volunteer Week
Volunteers Plant Nearly 1,000 Trees for National Volunteer Week
Stroud Water Research Center restored 2.75 acres along two swales that transport rain water into a major tributary of the Brandywine River, which eventually flows downstream to provide drinking water for the city of Wilmington.