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Watershed Restoration

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

Volunteers Help Plant Trees for Healthy Streams
Volunteers Help Plant Trees for Healthy Streams
The trees will help restore stream banks, create habitat corridors, and mitigate runoff from a nearby road.
Photo of rolled bales of hemp in a foggy field.
What Do Hemp Fiber, Soil Health, and Water Quality Have in Common?
Stroud Water Research Center has launched a collaborative project to study the cultivation, soil health and environmental impact, and manufacturing of industrial hemp fiber.
Photo of Martha Ressler's quilt honoring tree-planting volunteers.
700 Trees, Three Volunteers, and a Quilt
Fiber artist Martha Ressler found a unique way to honor the volunteers who helped her and her husband Jay plant a “mini-forest” on their property: she immortalized them in a quilt.
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.”
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.

Watershed Restoration Projects

Agricultural Best Management Practices and Forested Buffers for Lancaster Focus Areas

This project implements whole-farm conservation on all four farms in the catchment of a very small unnamed tributary to Pequea Read more

Agricultural Best Management Practices and Forested Buffers for Chester County Focus Areas

This project implements agricultural conservation practices on three Plain sect farms in the Honey Brook, Pa., area. Funded by: Pa. Read more

Delaware River Watershed Initiative — Phase II Monitoring, Evaluation, Scientific Support, and Capacity Building for Watershed Protection and Restoration Projects

This project collects and interprets data on macroinvertebrate specimens from stream sites to provide a baseline for the evaluation of Read more

Delaware River Watershed Initiative — Phase II Monitoring, Evaluation, and Scientific Support for Protecting and Restoring Places of Ecological Significance (Brandywine-Christina, Middle Schuylkill, Schuylkill Highlands Clusters)

Professional and volunteer monitoring of chemistry, macroinvertebrates, and fish to support restoration and protection efforts represent an invaluable (and often Read more

Experimental Streamside Forest Restoration to Improve Water Quality – Fat Chance Farm

This project planted 675 trees and shelters on 2.01 acres of riparian land along an unnamed tributary of Doe Run Read more

Evaluating How Conventional, Conservation, and Organic Farming Management Practices Enhance Soil Health and Improve Water Quality

This project investigates how different agricultural management practices influence water quality and soil health. Using Rodale Institute’s 37-year-old Farming Systems Read more