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.


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

Scientists setting a net for electrofishing

Summer Internship Opportunity: Ecosystems

The Ecosystems Group at Stroud Water Research Center is seeking a current or recently graduated science major to serve as laboratory and field assistant in a variety of projects.
Summer Internship Opportunity: Entomology

Summer Internship Opportunity: Entomology

We're seeking current or recently graduated science majors to serve as laboratory assistants in a biological water-quality analysis of sites in the Schuylkill and Delaware River Basins.
$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.
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.
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.
Publication title with image of a mayfly

Elucidating stream bacteria utilizing terrestrial dissolved organic matter

Akinwole, P., L. Kaplan, and R. Findlay. 2021. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 37, article 32.

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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

#DYK it's #NationalCheeseDay

Our friends @thefarmatdoerun have a lot of amazing cheeses, but we recommend Mayfly, pictured here! 10% of the proceeds from this Camembert-style cheese are donated to support the Stroud Center's efforts!

We are grateful to all of our amazing farmers who are dedicated to protecting their watersheds. Our restoration team works hand-in-hand with farmers to create whole farm management plans, and our scientists are helping to track the results and impacts on the streams.

#FreshWaterMatters2Us #Restoration #Cheese #ChesterCountyPA

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Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?"
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor Dr. King's legacy and celebrate his lasting impacts.

We look forward to the day when we can once again gather with our wonderful volunteers.

This photo was taken of volunteers from @dansko @lincolnuniversityofpa & Wild Birds Unlimited of Hockessin during a 2018 tree planting at the Peacedale Preserve.

#Restoration #PlantingTrees4HealthyStreams

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Some activity by our friends, the beavers, along the West Branch of Brandywine Creek on a winter day.

Beavers are often called ecosystem engineers because they can radically alter stream or valley bottom ecosystems. Check out the link in bio to hear Stroud Center's Fluvial Geomorphologist, Melinda Daniels, Ph.D. talk about the benefits beavers can provide to a stream.

#freshwatermatters2us #ecosystemengineer #Research

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Riparian buffer maintenance is a year-round job, and an important step toward a healthy and mature buffer!

#Restoration #PlantingTreesForHealthyStreams #FreshWaterMatters2Us

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Join the Stroud Center and our friends @americanrivers for part three of our webinar series celebrating the Delaware River --> The Journey From River to Faucet: How Collaboration Between States Ensures Adequate Drinking-Water Supply Across the Delaware River Basin.

Wednesday, January 13 at 12:30 pm This webinar is free to attend thanks to our sponsors @paamwater and DuPont but you must RSVP. 🔗 in bio

📸 by Tim Palmer

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Frosty morning sunrises along the Buck Run to start your Wednesday!


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