Coffee Hour: Matt Royer "The Conewago Creek Initiative ..."

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:50pm
Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:30 p.m. The lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.

The Conewago Creek Initiative: A Model for Community Watershed Engagement

About the talk

Over the last several years, a partnership of over thirty organizations called the Conewago Creek Initiative has been working cooperatively to increase watershed engagement and work with farmers and landowners to adopt land management practices to improve water quality.  The partnership is facilitated by the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center, and supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  Further support is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s designation of the Conewago as a “Showcase Watershed” and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Section 319 nonpoint source pollution control program.

The Initiative’s work has resulted in increased citizen engagement and outreach, an increase in adoption of best management practices, and positive water quality improvement trends in the watershed.  The Initiative provides a model for watershed community based engagement.  Matt Royer, Director of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center and lead coordinator of the Initiative, will present on the Initiative’s approach and results.

For more information on the Conewago Creek Initiative, visit  


About the speaker

Matthew RoyerMatthew Royer is the Director, Agriculture and Environment Center (AEC) in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.


The AEC is housed within the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Environment and Natural Resources Institute.  Its mission is to catalyze integrated research and engagement related to the impacts of land use and land management on water and the environment. 



Matt’s background and training is in environmental law and policy with an emphasis on water quality law and policy.  He has over a decade of experience in building watershed coalitions and partnerships.  Prior to becoming the Director of the AEC in April 2013, Matt directed the AEC’s Lower Susquehanna Initiative and served as local project coordinator of the Conewago Creek Collaborative Initiative, a Penn State-facilitated watershed partnership in a small agriculturally impaired watershed in parts of Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.  Matt also serves as faculty for the Environmental Resource Management program at Penn State.


Prior to joining Penn State, Matt was the Pennsylvania Attorney for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, steering committee member and chair of the stormwater workgroup for the Pennsylvania Campaign for Clean Water, watershed attorney with Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, and assistant counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.


Matt received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Dartmouth College in 1993 and his law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1996.

Angela Rogers