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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
Wills Curley

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
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David Wise

Watershed Restoration Manager
Calen Wylie

Calen Wylie

Watershed Restoration Program Assistant

Watershed Restoration News

Taking Stock of Big Picture, Strategic Priorities for Watershed Restoration
Taking Stock of Big Picture, Strategic Priorities for Watershed Restoration
With scarce public resources to accomplish so many restoration outcomes across the Commonwealth, it’s imperative to maximize our effectiveness.
Watershed Restoration Manage David Wise outside the Moorhead Environmental Center.
David Wise Receives DCNR Watershed Forestry Leadership Award
Wise connects the dots between partners, funders, and landowners to increase the implementation of best practices in land management.
Restoring and Protecting Water Quality and Mitigating Flooding in Rural Landscapes
Restoring and Protecting Water Quality and Mitigating Flooding in Rural Landscapes
Executive Director Dave Arscott, Ph.D., shared how Stroud Water Research Center is working to mitigate threats to water quality.
Stream Degradation and Restoration With Aquatic Insects as Our Guide
Stream Degradation and Restoration With Aquatic Insects as Our Guide
This webinar aimed to help agricultural conservation and ecosystem restoration practitioners reorient efforts toward watershed-scale approaches to achieve local restoration goals.
The Riparian Buffer Arboretum showcases woody species that are proven performers for floodplains.
Tour Our Riparian Buffer Mini-Arboretum
In the interest of testing new plants that could further enhance riparian areas, we've planted a mini-arboretum along the banks of White Clay Creek in our experimental watershed.
A corn field interseeded with a crimson clover and ryegrass cover crop.
Cover Crop Coaching Webinar Recordings Available
Watch recordings of this unique webinar series about how to work with your farmers for cover crop success.

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the future of fresh water.