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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

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.

Latest News

Give to the Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D., Executive Director's Fund
Give to the Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D., Executive Director’s Fund
Honoring Bern’s long career at the Stroud Center while ensuring the legacy of his dedication to global research, education, and watershed restoration ... Read More
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Sharing Our Science at Rodale Institute’s Field Day
Visitors learned the importance of integrating knowledge about farming practices and water quality and assessing the influence that farming decisions have on soils and streams ... Read More
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Expedition Inspires Students to Act and Impact Local Watershed
The students expressed interest in the story water-quality testing told as they traveled down the river from the mines, through the farms, and into Philadelphia ... Read More
Photo of Raven Bier working in the microbiology lab
Meet Raven Bier: New Postdoctoral Associate
Through her work at the Stroud Center, Bier hopes to better understand how changes in farming practices on land affect the relationship between microbes and the processing of nutrients in ... Read More
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An interdisciplinary approach to water management
Caldas, M., M. Daniels, J. Bergtold, M. Sanderson, M. Mather, J.H. Stamm, D. Haukos, A. Sheshukov, and J. Aistrup. 2018. Scientia ... Read More
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Axalta, the Philadelphia Eagles, and Stroud Water Research Center Celebrate All-Pro Teachers with a Day of STEM in the Stream
Teachers experienced STEM education in a real-world setting giving them the tools to cultivate the next generation of freshwater stewards ... Read More

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