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Our Focus is Fresh Water

Since 1967, Stroud™ Water Research Center has focused on one thing — fresh water. We seek to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.

What We Do

Future of Fresh Water Initiative

Goal: $20 Million

Nowhere else in the world is there an organization like Stroud Water Research Center, which has spent 51 years focused on understanding, preserving, and protecting fresh water. To strengthen ongoing research and to expand community empowerment programs to protect clean fresh water regionally and around the world, the Stroud Center has announced its Future of Fresh Water Initiative.

Progress

Help us reach our goal. Give to the Future of Fresh Water Initiative. Gifts to the Executive Director’s Fund and the Environmental Education Fund will be DOUBLED thanks to generous challenge grants!

Latest News

$50,000 Challenge Match Grant Generously Sponsored by the Colket Family Foundation
$50,000 Challenge Match Grant Generously Sponsored by the Colket Family Foundation
This challenge grant will enable us to sustain and expand our community-wide education and training programs, curricula, and instructional technologies ... Read More
Coronavirus Update
Coronavirus Update
The health and safety of our staff and community are of utmost concern and we are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation ... Read More
A Message From Dave Arscott, Executive Director of Stroud Water Research Center
A Message From Dave Arscott, Executive Director of Stroud Water Research Center
We need to embrace this moment of massive awareness as our window of opportunity to take genuine action and to work harder to advance human rights and equality for all ... Read More
From Cities to Suburbs to Farms: How Innovative Water Management Helps River Health
From Cities to Suburbs to Farms: How Innovative Water Management Helps River Health
Learn from a panel of experts how natural and green infrastructure are paying off for the health of the Delaware River ... Read More
Pennsylvania Watershed Education Task Force Honored with 2020 Outstanding Environmental Education Program Award and Second NOAA B-WET Grant
Pennsylvania Watershed Education Task Force Honored with 2020 Outstanding Environmental Education Program Award and Second NOAA B-WET Grant
The task force is advancing statewide environmental literacy and meaningful watershed education for K-12 students and educators ... Read More
Restoring the River Continuum Community
Restoring the River Continuum Community
We're working with partners and land users to implement natural solutions to regenerate soils and safeguard fresh water, solutions that benefit both human communities and the entire ecosystem ... Read More
Mimicking Nature to Manage Water On-Site
Mimicking Nature to Manage Water On-Site
Watch a roundtable discussion among the designers, engineers, and client about “getting the water right” at Stroud Water Research Center’s Moorhead Environmental Complex ... Read More

Featured Initiatives and Partnerships

WikiWatershed® web tools offer watershed data visualization, geospatial analysis capabilities, and science-based predictions of human impacts on stormwater runoff and water quality.

EnviroDIY™ is a community where members ask and answer questions and network within interest groups to develop do-it-yourself environmental science and monitoring devices.

The Leaf Pack Network® is an international network of teachers, students, and citizen monitors using a simple experiment to determine the health of their local streams.

The Water Quality mobile app is a water-monitoring data-collection and learning tool designed for use by educators and their students, citizen scientists, and researchers.

The Society for Freshwater Science Taxonomic Certification Program ensures skilled persons are providing aquatic invertebrate identifications in North America.

The Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds provides free technical assistance to Pennsylvania-based watershed and conservation organizations.

Upcoming Events

  1. Youth Watershed Explorer Challenge

    October 1 - November 5
  2. Better Gardens, Better Soils

    November 5, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EST
  3. [VIRTUAL WORKSHOP] Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop

    November 5, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM EST
  4. Open-Source Electronic Hardware for Water Research and Real-Time Online Water Monitoring

    November 9, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
  5. Stream and Buffer Ecology Webinar

    November 10, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST

Thinking about ways to have a better summer harvest next year? Join us for our virtual webinar on cover crop gardening next Thursday at 12:30 pm and learn how you can spend less time weeding, have healthier soils, and have a more productive garden!

#Free thanks to our sponsor, @solitudelake but you must RSVP to receive the Zoom link! 🔗 in bio!

#BetterGardensBetterSoils #FreshWaterMatters2Us
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Kicking off #Halloween week with a Daphniid for it's ghostly appearance. In the class Branchiopoda, these small freshwater animals feed on plankton and detritus.

📸 by D. Funk

#happyhalloween🎃 #FreshWaterMatters2Us
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“In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October.”

Enjoy the beautiful October day!!
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Have we taken a deep dive into teaching Zoom to frogs or is this a virtual class on amphibians and reptiles? 🐸🐸

Contact our education department to learn about our virtual and in-person options available to you and your classrooms!

#EnvironmentalEducation #VirtualLearning #FreshWaterMatters2Us
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Join us for part two of our webinar series in partnership with @americanrivers celebrating the 2020 River of the Year: Delaware River, this Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
:From the Cities to Suburbs to Farms: How Innovative Water Management Helps River Health

Webinar is #Free thanks to Pennsylvania American Water but you must RSVP. 🔗 in bio! #delawareriver #RiverOfTheYear #FreshwaterExcellence

📸 courtesy of Tim Palmer
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Enjoying a brisk fall day? So are some of our trees we've planted to help restore streams. So far this year our watershed restoration group has planted 80+ acres of buffers on farms across Chester, Lancaster, and Berks counties. ...

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