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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

Barnyard runoff in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
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.
A stream cascade in Lofty Creek, Pennsylvania.
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.
Bern Sweeney standing in a newly planted riparian forest buffer.
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.
The indoor stream exhibit, complete with live fish, built for the Pa. farm show. 
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.
Lamonte Garber in the mountains of Nepal.
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.
A newly planted riparian buffer with a barn in the background.
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.