The Center’s team had two main goals:
- To establish a baseline of scientific data on water quality, stream biodiversity, and stream health that would serve as the foundation for understanding and sustaining on-going conservation efforts in the region
- To create, test, and implement accessible, easy-to-use, and inexpensive education programs for the people of the region.
The project promised three major outputs:
- The field and laboratory effort sought to test and deploy protocols for measuring and monitoring health in neo-tropical streams
- The scientific findings would provide the basis for creating and offering training workshops for monitoring biophysical properties of streams and rivers in neotropical regions
- Stroud Water Research Center would disseminate training workshop and monitoring research information as broadly as possible.
Specifically, we sought to:
- assess the current level of water and ecosystem quality across a range of land uses and stream conditions in Madre de Dios watershed.
- serve as a reference point for measuring the effects of future changes in land use on water quality.
- develop a standard water-quality monitoring protocol/index that is easy to use, inexpensive, and effective across the region.
- serve as a baseline for measuring regional effects of broad scale perturbations such as global climate change, aerial transport of environmental contaminants and others.
- provide a series of environmental education workshops aimed at increasing public understanding of the issues affecting fresh water and giving people the tools to monitor, protect and restore their stream and river ecosystems.