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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.

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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.

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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!

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The health and safety of our staff and community are of utmost concern and we are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation. See updates.

Employment Opportunity: Grant and Contract Administrator

Employment Opportunity: Grant and Contract Administrator

Stroud Water Research Center invites applications for a full-time position involving the effective and efficient management of sponsored project accounts.
Employment Opportunity: Postdoctoral Associate in Microbial Ecology

Employment Opportunity: Postdoctoral Associate in Microbial Ecology

Stroud Water Research Center is searching for a postdoctoral associate to study molecular microbial ecology in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
A Message From the Executive Director Regarding the Importance of Racial Equity and Justice

A Message From the Executive Director Regarding the Importance of Racial Equity and Justice

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.
A student peers into a microscope to examine an aquatic macroinvertebrate, an indicator of stream health.

Expanding Global Learning Opportunities During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Education staff synthesized digital, remote, and in-person teaching methods and developed remote learning kits and tailored programming for local high-needs audiences and learners of all abilities.
Meet Tim Smith, Data Analyst

Meet Tim Smith, Data Analyst

The seeds of interest which would ultimately lead Tim Smith to the Stroud Center were planted along the banks of Yellow Breeches Creek.
Fore Fresh Water Golf Invitational Sees Sunny Skies, Record Participation

Fore Fresh Water Golf Invitational Sees Sunny Skies, Record Participation

Golfers enjoyed a sunny 70-degree day at Bidermann Golf Course while supporting our mission to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water.
Local Artist Donates Proceeds From Show to Benefit Future of Fresh Water

Local Artist Donates Proceeds From Show to Benefit Future of Fresh Water

Matthew Shackelford's donation to the Future of Fresh Water Initiative will help foster and train future generations of freshwater stewards.
Charitable Clothing Company Introduces New Items in Support of Clean Fresh Water

Charitable Clothing Company Introduces New Items in Support of Clean Fresh Water

Check out an amazing line of clothing to outfit your next adventure on the water while supporting Stroud Water Research Center’s mission.
Website Helps Landowners Lease Farms Wisely to Promote Soil Health, Water Quality

Website Helps Landowners Lease Farms Wisely to Promote Soil Health, Water Quality

LandownerHelp.com is a free resource helping landowners grow better relationships with tenant farmers that incentivize long-term investments on land that also address broader environmental impacts.

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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

Colorful dye takes over Silver Spring as scientists from the University of Florida conduct a study to better understand the hydrology of the karst landscape.

📸 (and text) by @jmadler

We're a week away from going Behind the Lens and Below the Surface as Jenny shares the story of science through photography! Free to attend but you must RSVP to join us next Wednesday, June 23 at 12:30 p.m. EDT 🔗 in bio

#intersectionofartandscience #FreshWaterMatters2Us
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It's Monday and we're back in the field. Mike Gentile, pictured here, is downloading sensor data. The Stroud Center's Ecosystems Ecology team is monitoring nitrate and tubidity in White Clay creek. ...

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It's #fieldworkfriday but the rain has us keeping our cameras inside! We're sharing this photo from a sunny day earlier this week.

Ecosystems Ecology summer intern, Jacquie Carroll helped the geomorphology department complete cross-sectional stream surveys to measure erosion and deposition in White Clay Creek.

#Research #FreshWaterMatters2Us
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"Fresh water emerges at more than 1,000 springs in Florida. This water, flowing from the aquifer below, supplies more than 90% of Floridians with drinking water."

📸📸 by @jmadler who we are excited to have as our speaker for our second webinar celebrating The Intersection of Art and Science on June 23.

Go Behind the Lens and Below the Surface with us as Jenny shares the world of freshwater and marine science through her lens!

🔗 In bio! Free to attend but you must RSVP!
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Remember that volunteer day we told you about doing invasive management work upstream from a series of buffers on Amish and Mennonite farms?

Here we are with our host Travis Martin and #WaterWeek founder Fritz Schroeder of @lancasterconservancy

We're celebrating #nationaltrailsday and #LancasterWaterWeek by volunteering!

#Restoration #Research #FreshWaterMatters2Us
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Sunrise over a recently installed riparian buffer along a tributary to Little Conestoga. This buffer is a small one but important. It's the connecting buffer between five adjacent Amish and Mennonite farms, all of which have installed buffers on their land!

You can join Lamonte Garber from our restoration team this Saturday, June 5 for invasive management at the headwaters of this stream as part of Lancaster Water Week! Link to RSVP in bio.

How are we monitoring the changes by the addition of these buffers? Well that's where the science comes in! Our entomology team is sampling this stream to monitor changes in stream health!

#LancasterWaterWeek #FreshWaterMatters2Us #Restoration #Research
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