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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

Stroud Center Partner Wins Ag Leadership Award
Stroud Center Partner Wins Ag Leadership Award
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund is dedicated to helping local communities clean up and restore their polluted rivers and streams.
Catching Up With Our Farm Partners
Catching Up With Our Farm Partners
A couple of our cooperating landowners have been profiled recently by Lancaster Farming; take a few moments to learn how these partnerships are working for them.
A Farmer Transforms a Stream
A Farmer Transforms a Stream
A Pennsylvania poultry and crops farmer shares his insights on creating rich habitat and cleaner water through riparian forested stream buffers.
Video still from Episode 2 of the WHYY "Stories From the Streams" video series
Stories From the Streams: Saving Soil, Saving Streams
Learn how farmers and scientists can work together to maintain the health of soil and streams. Episode 2 in the “Stories from the Streams” series from WHYY TV12.
Farmer showing health soil in a field
New Funds Announced for Delaware River Restoration
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded more than $1.9 million to the Stroud Center for watershed restoration projects.
To the Fields We Go!
To the Fields We Go!
Stroud™ Water Research Center recently participated in field days to share our knowledge about farming for clean fresh water.

Watershed Restoration Projects

Whole-Farm Conservation Including Forested Buffers

This project expands the Farm Stewardship Program in Lancaster and Franklin Counties — the top two dairy counties in Pennsylvania. To address water-quality issues, whole-farm conservation with forested buffers is implemented. Farmers who install forested buffers receive incentives that can only be used to pay for other needed best management practices on the farm. Read more

Comprehensive Agricultural Stewardship in Lancaster County

Stroud Center’s Farm Stewardship Program provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and landowners to implement best management practices (BMPs) to protect water quality and improve stream health. Read more

Demonstrating Low-Cost Methods for Reforestation

Four sites in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland will demonstrate options for improving the cost-effectiveness of reforestation methods, including direct seeding, innovative fencing in lieu of tree shelters, live stakes, improved methods for managing herbivore competition, and more. Read more

Delaware River Watershed Initiative Circuit Rider for Technical Assistance to Grantees

This project provides technical assistance to grantees of the William Penn Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to develop and implement watershed restoration efforts and grants to monitor the impact of projects implemented in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative clusters. Read more

Experimental Streamside Forest Restoration to Improve Water Quality: Buck Run

This project involved an experimental planting of 900 trees and shelters on 2.2 acres of riparian land along Buck Run Read more

Experimental Streamside Forest Restoration to Improve Water Quality: Buck Run

This project involved an experimental planting of 300 trees and shelters on 0.7 acres of riparian land along Buck Run Read more