UpStream Newsletter, July 2016

Photo of Jonathan Jarvis

Stroud Award to be Presented to the National Park Service and Director Jonathan Jarvis

On the centennial anniversary of one of America’s greatest treasures, the 2016 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence will be presented to the National Park Service and its director, Jonathan Jarvis. Jarvis will receive the award during the annual Water’s Edge gala on November 3 at Longwood Gardens.

Photo of citizen scientists working in New Jersey

Volunteers to Monitor Threats to Water for 15 Million People

As part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, Stroud Water Research Center will help guide an effort to enhance citizen-science volunteer monitoring of water quality in eight regional subwatersheds in the Delaware River basin. More than 5 percent of the U.S. population gets their drinking water from the Delaware River basin.

Steve Kerlin teaching in the outdoor classroom

Field-Based Learning at the Stroud Center’s New Outdoor Classroom

There’s just something about going outside. It’s fun. It lowers stress levels. It helps students focus. And it’s a great way to learn about freshwater science. For these reasons and more, we’ve made field-based learning an integral part of our education programs — now enhanced by an engaging outdoor classroom that lets visitors explore White Clay Creek, the research stream that runs behind our offices.

Students collecting aquatic insects

Our Education Programs Are Booming!

And if you own a Pennsylvania-based business, you can help us reach even more students through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

EITC is a win-win program — a win for your business because you can receive generous tax credits and a win for Pennsylvania students because the funds help us provide innovative stream ecology programs free of charge to public schools.

Science Education Monthly Feature: Fish Electroshocking to Determine Stream Health

Have you ever wondered what swims by your feet in your local creek? In the latest episode of our Science Education Monthly Feature video series, Dr. Valérie Ouellet uses electroshocking to identify the creatures swimming in the White Clay Creek.

We’ll be adding videos regularly to the Science Education YouTube playlist. Subscribe to our channel to be notified of new videos!

Steve Groff

Cover Cropping Series Starts

Sunn Hemp Acts as Covered Bridge Between Sweet Corn, Broccoli is the first of three columns about farmers who are being coached by cover crop innovator Steve Groff. Supported by the Stroud Center, the series builds on our ongoing work with farmers and landowners to protect, restore, and monitor the long-term health of streams.

Mayfly Data Logger Starter Kit

Mayfly Data Logger Board for DIY Environmental Monitoring

Stroud Center scientists have developed an inexpensive Arduino-based data logger board and it is now for sale on Amazon! We’ve incorporated lots of new features that make it easier for citizen scientists to use. Get the details on

Baby brook trout from the Trout Grow on Trees program

Did You Know?

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