Watershed Restoration

The Mission

Photo: Lancaster County Conservation District. Barnyard runoff. Photo: David Wise. Forested buffer. Photo: USDA NRCS.
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The Watershed Restoration Group at Stroud Water Research Center aims to develop and implement watershed restoration programs that

The Watershed Restoration Group works closely with the Center’s scientists and educators to interpret and use research findings and the findings of other scientists to develop and implement these programs.

Meet the Team

Matt Ehrhart

Matt Ehrhart, Director of Watershed Restoration

As director of watershed restoration, Matt Ehrhart provides the strategic vision and overall direction for the Watershed Restoration Group, including identifying emerging needs and opportunities. Ehrhart develops relationships with other institutions, develops sources of funding, and keeps a broad view of the Group’s overall context.

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David Wise

David Wise

David Wise, Watershed Restoration Manager

David Wise handles the day-to-day management of the Watershed Restoration Group’s programs and projects. This includes the many working relationships with partners (natural resource agencies, agriculture consultants, land trusts, and so on), funders, and individual landowners.

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Lamonte Garber

Lamonte Garber

Lamonte Garber, Watershed Restoration Coordinator

Lamonte Garber oversees, coordinates, and manages landowner relations and the implementation of agricultural and watershed restoration project work. He works with multiple partners and agencies to strategically utilize all appropriate state and federal and private funding and to implement the most efficient and effective conservation practices on the property.

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Current Work

Stroud Farm Stewardship Program

“Raising the bar” is the hallmark of this program, designed to provide financial and technical assistance to enable farmers to install conservation measures to protect water quality. In order to receive resources, participating farmers are asked to meet a high bar for conservation that includes:

Sycamore live stake. Photo: USDA NRCS.

Current funding also enables farmers to receive a voluntary assessment of their ability to generate tradable nutrient credits. Nutrient trading holds the potential to use market forces to secure cost-effective water quality improvements to meet society’s needs for clean water.

Low-Cost Methods for Buffer Plantings

This project helps develop methods for streamside reforestation with potential to be more effective at lower cost than current methods. Regional plans to restore watersheds rely heavily on forested buffers.

Current methods relying on tree shelters have some limitations and are rather expensive. This project develops and assesses alternative methods including natural regeneration, direct seeding, and use of live stakes (i.e., stem sections of species able to root and grow into new trees and shrubs).

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