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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.

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.

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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.

Summer Internship Opportunity: NSF REU in Watershed Biogeochemistry

Summer Internship Opportunity: NSF REU in Watershed Biogeochemistry

This internship is part of a long-term research project focusing on how biogeochemical and ecological processes change over time after riparian reforestation.
Summer Internship Opportunity: Communications and Development

Summer Internship Opportunity: Communications and Development

We're looking for a motivated individual who would like to gain experience in the fields of communications, marketing, and nonprofit fundraising.
Employment Opportunity: Development Director

Employment Opportunity: Development Director

Stroud Water Research Center seeks a full-time development director to head our ongoing fundraising and outreach needs.
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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.
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.
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Uncharted WATERS: sustaining a meaningful student teaching experience amidst a global pandemic via an online STEM curriculum

Marcum-Dietrich, N.I., C. Stunkard, Z. Krauss, and S. Kerlin. 2021. Current Issues in Middle Level Education 25(2): article 3.
Cloeon dipterum, female imago (adult).

Oxygen Not Behind Threat To Mayflies When Temps Rise

When stream temperatures rise, often as a result of climate change or thermal pollution or a lack of tree shade, mayflies display poorer growth.
Full STEAM Ahead: Delivering Education Programming to Girls’  Doorsteps

Full STEAM Ahead: Delivering Education Programming to Girls’ Doorsteps

The freshwater-focused activities can be completed without professional instruction, advanced technologies, English language fluency, or access to high-quality green spaces.

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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

It's #internationalwomensday2021

We like to think that our co-founders, Joan Stroud and Dr. Ruth Patrick, would give a round of applause to all of the amazing women impacting our research today.

This photo of soil health coordinator Lisa Blazure sums it up pretty well! She's conducting research (infiltration rates on soils with cover crops) to help us gather data on the impacts of soil health on water quality. This will be used to educate farmers and the public how best management practices can impact water quality.

#Research #Restoration #Farmers #Education #girlswhoscience #FreshWaterMatters2Us
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New equipment day is always a fun day at the lab! Here our Ecosystems Ecology PI and his grad student are using the Macro Manipulator for the first time! This tiny instrument detects oxygen levels. They are using it to see how sediment disrupts oxygen levels during a storm event.

#freshwatermatters2us #Science #Research
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Snow covered SE PA got you like ☹️☹️☹️? Just remember the importance of snow for recharging our groundwater!

"Forests and snowpacks together allow for recharge of underground aquifers that consist of 80 trillion gallons of freshwater stored in the pore spaces and cracks in rock beneath the surface. These aquifers serve to maintain the flow of streams throughout the year and provide water that supports industries, businesses, agriculture, and drinking water for millions of Pennsylvania residents." Check out full article in link in bio!

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