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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. 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
Will Curley wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jersey.

Wills Curley

Watershed Restoration Project 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
Headshot of David Wise.

David Wise

Watershed Restoration Manager
Calen Wylie

Calen Wylie

Watershed Restoration Program Assistant

Watershed Restoration News

Mike Brubaker in a field at Brubaker Farms.
Brubaker Farms, a Stroud Center Partner, Wins Leopold Conservation Award
The Stroud Center worked with the Brubakers on measures to protect water quality, including manure management, fencing cows out of Donegal Creek, and planting streamside forest buffers.
Soil Health Coordinator Lisa Blazure sitting at a soil health study site in the Susquehanna watershed.
“How’s My Soil?” How We’re Helping Farmers Answer This Question
The Soil Health Benchmark study lets farmers assess the health of their soils and see it compares to the data of their peers. 
A group of educators at the dedication of the West Chester Area School District Water Quality Education Center.
Stroud Center Partner Opens New Water Quality Education Center
West Chester Area School District’s three outdoor learning classrooms and interpretative signage will engage students, teachers, and the greater community for generations to come.
Wills Curley in a Philadelphia Eagles jersey with the Super Bowl LII trophy.
Watershed Restoration Welcomes Wills Curley to the Team
After volunteering and then moving into a part-time role, Curley says he is ecstatic to join the Stroud Center full-time as the watershed restoration project coordinator. 
Pennsylvania DCNR staff work together to plant a shrub within a riparian forest buffer.
Mixing It Up: Riparian Buffers That Clean up Waterways and Produce Profitable Crops
Stroud Center researchers have teamed up with Propagate Ventures to design and implement for-profit, lower-risk buffers that can provide a source of income for farmers.
A group of volunteers with shovels at a tree planting event.
Stroud Center Celebrates Riparian Buffer Month by Planting Trees
The planting will help to buffer a small stream from nearby barnyard activity and provide data about the growth rates of trees using two different types of tree stakes.