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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

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.
A Movement Grows to Help Farmers Reduce Pollution and Turn a Profit
A Movement Grows to Help Farmers Reduce Pollution and Turn a Profit
An innovative program is showing farmers how to plant cash crops in buffer zones to help stabilize stream banks and clean up waterways.
How Streams Work and the Role of Forests
How Streams Work and the Role of Forests
Understanding how streams work and the importance of trees to streams is fundamental to engaging landowners and decision makers.
Stream Monitoring in the Delaware River Basin: More Than Just Numbers
Stream Monitoring in the Delaware River Basin: More Than Just Numbers
Master Watershed Stewards help develop science capacity to support stream and river protection and restoration by citizen science programs.
Mimicking Mother Nature to Protect Clean Water
Mimicking Mother Nature to Protect Clean Water
Stroud Center scientists are pioneering a scientifically valid way to simulate rain to study the links between farming practices and healthy streams.

Watershed Restoration Projects

Leveraging Farm Bill Funds for Water Quality in the Brandywine-Christina and Middle Schuylkill Clusters (NFWF); Delivering the Berks-Chester RCPP (DEP)

Stroud Water Research Center secured more than $1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Regional Conservation Partnership Read more

Delaware River Watershed Initiative

A multiyear project to monitor, protect, and restore critical freshwater sources for 15 million people from New York to the mouth of the Delaware Bay. Read more

Delaware River Watershed Initiative — Phase I Protecting and Restoring Places of Ecological Significance (Brandywine-Christina and Middle Schuylkill Clusters

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

Ag BMP Planning and Implementation for Berks County

This project operates the Farm Stewardship Program in Berks County, assisting farmers to implement whole-farm conservation while leveraging U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for work including forested buffers. Read more

Leveraging Farm Bill Funds for Water Quality in the Brandywine-Christina and Middle Schuylkill Clusters

This project provides outreach and technical assistance to farmers in Chester and Berks counties to ensure full implementation of funds provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program for constructing ag best management practices. Read more

Delivering the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Regional Conservation Partnership Program in Lancaster County, Pa.

This project provides outreach and technical assistance to farmers to ensure full implementation of funds provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program for constructing ag best management practices. Read more