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Success Stories/Innovations

Riparian forest restoration started in earnest in the Chesapeake watershed about 1996. On this page, we have begun to weave together the stories of how partners have restored over 8,000 miles of riparian forest since that time.  Here you can find out who, how, why, and what resulted?  The projects are also mapped on the homepage with stars.  We will continue to gather stories, so be sure to check back to see what’s new.


Lancaster County Comprehensive Agricultural Stewardship

Through the Comprehensive Agricultural Stewardship project, Stroud Water Research Center was able to accelerate implementation of agricultural BMPs in in the Valley Creek area by providing technical assistance to farmers and advancing nutrient credit trading opportunities.

Restoring Forest and Buffers on Mount Vernon Farm

In 2003, Cliff Miller put 604 acres of the farm into permanent easement with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and started working with USDA’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and other programs to transition to a new way of farming.

Poague Run

Once a quagmire of cattle manure, human sewage and sediment – Poague Run is now clean and cold enough to stock with the Chesapeake Bay’s native, pollution sensitive, top predator freshwater fish – Brook Trout.

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