Matthew J. Ehrhart
Director of Watershed Restoration
970 Spencer Road
Avondale, PA 19311
610.268.2153 x 308
Matt provides the strategic vision and direction for the Watershed Restoration group, identifies emerging needs and opportunities, and develops relationships with other institutions and sources of funding.
M. Eng., Engineering Science, 1996. The Pennsylvania State University.
B.S., Environmental Resource Management, 1991. The Pennsylvania State University.
2002-2012 Pennsylvania Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Harrisburg, PA
2001-2002 PA Assistant Director / Watershed Restoration Manager, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Harrisburg, PA
1996-2001 PA Watershed Restoration Scientist
1992 - 1996 Senior Environmental Scientist, Landstudies, Inc., Oxford, PA
1991 Graduate Research Assistant, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Member, Society for Freshwater Science
Member, American Water Resource Association
Matt built and was responsible for programmatic guidance and oversight for a multimillion dollar agricultural restoration initiative in Pennsylvania that established 2100 miles of forest buffers, 4500 acres of wetland, and secured $14.8 M in federal funding for agricultural best management practices in conjunction with conservation districts and private business. He has worked to build partnerships and funding for alternative uses of manure and implementing precision dairy feeding. He has worked with numerous partners and funders to integrate science, policy and delivery mechanisms to build functional “on-the-ground” programs to address these and other issues.
Ehrhart routinely works on state and federal policy issues. He worked extensively on the 2008 Federal Farm Bill and was instrumental in building the Fair Share for Clean Water Coalition which included CBF, the PA Farm Bureau, PA Municipal Authorities Assoc., PA Builders Association, and the PA Assoc. of Conservation Districts. This group successfully lobbied for the $10 Million dollar REAP tax credit and the establishment of $1.2 Billion in bond funding to address Pennsylvania environmental issues.
Matt has received the PA Governor’s Award for Watershed Stewardship and was named to the 2011 Pennsylvania Governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. He chairs the PA DEP Chesapeake Bay Advisory Committee and is a member of the PA Water Resource Advisory Committee. In 2010 Matt was named a Penn State University College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumni and he serves on the Board of the College of Agricultural Sciences Ag Council.