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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
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

Focusing on Farms to Safeguard the Delaware River
Focusing on Farms to Safeguard the Delaware River
An article in Edible Philly dives into the effort to protect and restore clean water in the Delaware River watershed by working with farmers.
Soil Health Movement Is Reducing Water Pollution and Farmers' Costs
Soil Health Movement Is Reducing Water Pollution and Farmers’ Costs
“We really want to try to help the scientific community understand what the impact of healthier soils is on delivery of pollutants to waterways.”
Illustration with a farm in the distance and healthy soil with organisms in the foreground
Talking Soil Health on Public Radio
Healthy soils can reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff, and increase stormwater infiltration, reduce stream flooding, and improve groundwater base flows.
Reducing Crop Loss, Saving Money and Time, and Stewarding Your Land
Reducing Crop Loss, Saving Money and Time, and Stewarding Your Land
Farms that have whole-farm financial and yield analyses completed often find that cropping marginal land costs more money than it produces.
Meet Lisa Blazure, Soil Health Coordinator
Meet Lisa Blazure, Soil Health Coordinator
Blazure brings to Stroud Water Research Center a deep understanding of how improving agricultural soil health can result in healthier streams.
Improving Soil Health for Climate Change Resiliency
Improving Soil Health for Climate Change Resiliency
Jim Harbach has practiced no-till farming for 30 years and has documented how his soils can better withstand the extreme weather swings associated with climate change.

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