Our Focus Is Fresh Water

Who We Are

Since 1967, Stroud™ Water Research Center has been focused on one thing — fresh water. We are dedicated to understanding the ecology of streams, rivers, and their watersheds — both pristine and polluted.

What We Do

The health of freshwater ecosystems is our first line of defense in preserving clean water — and clean water is essential to all life. Our freshwater research, education, and watershed restoration programs enable businesses, policymakers, landowners, and individuals to make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world.

How You Can Help

Show your commitment to research and education programs that are helping to ensure clean and available water here and around the world — become a Friend of Stroud Water Research Center today.


What’s New at the Stroud Center

Children collecting data

To Unplug or Plug In

In this age of technology ubiquity, is there a place for digital devices in environmental education? An article co-authored by Stroud Center Director of Education Steve Kerlin, Ph.D., argues that it may be time to abandon the “Turn that thing off and go outside!” mindset. Read the full journal article on the Green Teacher website

Young riparian buffer in Franklin Township, Pennsylvania

Reviving the Commons Op-Ed Featured on Nature Conservancy Blog

Stroud Center Director, Bernard Sweeney, Ph.D., and James Blaine believe that although self-interest can lead to the destruction of the commons, through incentivizing best management practices it can also be harnessed to reverse the destruction. Read about on TNC’s Cool Green Science blog

Photo of Rich Shockey and his wife in kayaks

Meet the Forester Who’s Leading People to Clean Fresh Water

Ecological information specialist Rich Shockey is one of our most effective partners helping to spread the word about how streamside forests protect and restore streams and rivers.

Senator Casey takes farm tour

Senator Gets First-Hand Look
at Conservation Practices

Riparian buffers, cover crops, even rain gutters on the barn can make a big difference to water quality. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. saw all this and more on a farm tour that showcased conservation upgrades. Read about it in Lancaster Farming

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