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.


Creek ReLeaf – Reforestation in Frederick County, Maryland

The Creek ReLeaf program is helping to plant trees and improve water quality in Frederick County, Maryland. Frederick County’s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources started the Creek Re-Leaf program in 2017 as a way to improve water quality and meet pollution reduction requirements of the County’s MS4 permit requirements under the federal Clean Water … Read More

Buffer Success Story in Chestertown, MD

Roberta Ingram and her husband, Albert Deagazio, decided to enroll a total of 4.1 acres of their farmland in Chestertown, Maryland, into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). In 2001, 2.1 acres were converted into a runoff pond surrounded by grasses, and in 2003, 2 acres were converted into a riparian forest buffer consisting of native trees and grasses. They first … Read More

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