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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

Tree Care is Essential for Successful Riparian Forest Buffers
Tree Care is Essential for Successful Riparian Forest Buffers
Young seedlings face a variety of threats on floodplains that are also home to deer, rodents, invasive plants, and yes, flooding!
Volunteers Plant 1,500 Trees for National Volunteer Week
Volunteers Plant 1,500 Trees for National Volunteer Week
The Stroud Center celebrated National Volunteer Week by planting six acres adjacent to a tributary of White Clay Creek at the Brandywine Polo Club.
Going to Extremes
Going to Extremes
The Stroud Center is engaged in research aimed at creating and testing new land-management practices to address issues raised by increased weather extremes.
Stories From the Streams: Back to Our Roots
Stories From the Streams: Back to Our Roots
Did you know that planting trees along a stream can filter out pollutants and dramatically improve water quality? Episode 1 in the "Stories From the Streams" video series.
Still from full length version of Lay of the Land: Healthy Soil, Healthy Water
The Lay of the Land: Healthy Soil, Healthy Water (Full Length)
Watch this full-length version of the documentary showing how local farmers are growing better crops while protecting water quality.
The Robin L. Vannote Watershed Restoration Program at Stroud Water Research Center
The Robin L. Vannote Watershed Restoration Program at Stroud Water Research Center
The Robin L. Vannote Watershed Restoration Program proudly recognizes the many years of Vannote’s dedicated service, research contributions, and support.

Watershed Restoration Projects

Streamside Forest Restoration to Improve Water Quality — Brandywine Creek

This project involved planting 400 trees along Craigs Mill Run (1.8 acres) and 600 trees along the East Branch of Brandywine Creek (1.8 acres) in Pennsbury and East Brandywine townships, respectively, as a best management practice for keeping pollutants out of local streams and improving their health. Read more

Streamside Forest Restoration to Improve Water Quality — Red Clay Creek

This project involved an experimental planting of 500 trees on 1.5 acres of riparian land as a best management practice for keeping pollutants out of a headwater tributary of Red Clay Creek as well as creating a research site for testing the effects of herbicide use on the survival and growth of seedlings. Read more

Streamside Forest Restoration to Improve Water Quality — Crum Creek

This project involved an experimental planting of 925 trees on 4.1 acres of riparian land for keeping pollutants out of two headwater tributaries of Crum Creek and learning new insights into how to properly install the bird netting, associated with protective shelters, placed on all seedlings to increase their survival and growth. Read more

Nutrient Management Plan Verification and Agricultural Recognition Program

This project will demonstrate the feasibility and implementation of in-field monitoring equipment for manure applications and field-specific water quality impacts of farming practices. Read more

Stroud Preserve Reforested Riparian Buffer Project

The Stroud Preserve riparian reforestation project is a demonstration of the three-zone Riparian Forest Buffer System developed by the USDA Forest Service. Read more