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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.


Bobby Whitescarver

Bobby Whitescarver, a longtime USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) guru, retired in 2011 to start a conservation consulting service, Whitescarver Natural Resources Management. Bobby is a lifetime farmer in Swoope, Virginia, and has worked tirelessly with Virginia’s farmers and landowners to enroll buffer acres in the CREP program. Today, Bobby has been involved with over … Read More

Susquehanna Joint Chief’s Grant

In 2014, the Upper Susquehanna Coalition (USC) awarded $280,000 to the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District as part of the Susquehanna Watershed Riparian Buffer Enhancement Program. The grant aimed to increase the acres of riparian forest buffers in the Upper Susquehanna watersheds to meet the goal of 475 buffer acres per year. Funds were used … Read More

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.

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