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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

A panel of local experts onstage at a Lancaster Water Week event.
Whether You Say Crick or Creek, We All Celebrate Lancaster Water Week!
From the first Friday kickoff to the last Saturday volunteer effort, it was a wonderful week as Lancaster Conservancy celebrated clean fresh water for all.
Three brook trout in a stream.
Bringing Eastern Brook Trout Back to Red Clay Creek
In Pennsylvania, property owners and farmers are transforming their lands to restore a stream’s health and its native fish.
A group of tree planting volunteers from Sycamore.
Volunteers Plant 600 Trees for Healthy Streams
The trees were planted along a tributary of Brandywine Creek in Birmingham Township, Pennsylvania, in a project funded by American Water.
Farm equipment at Walmoore Holsteins.
Walt Moore, a Stroud Center Partner, Named Pa. Distinguished Dairy Producer
Moore models farm stewardship and environmental conservation through his operation and is recognized as a leader in Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.
A debris dam of large branches catches leaves in a stream which then host macroinvertebrates and microbes.
How Fallen Leaves Are a Tree’s Gift to a Stream
Former Stroud Center intern and now restoration professional at the Alliance of the Chesapeake Bay, Rebecca Lauver reflects on a dietary staple of healthy streams.
A crew of four men work on a newly planted riparian buffer.
Cutting Waste in the Reforestation of Riparian Zones
New research on buffer plantings seeks to reduce plastic waste, maintenance costs, and the mortality of planted trees and shrubs.