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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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Employment Opportunity: Watershed Education Specialist

Employment Opportunity: Watershed Education Specialist

We’re seeking a highly-skilled educator to manage grants and other sponsored projects and to lead education programs for a wide range of audiences.
Students study fish temporarily removed from a nearby stream.

Rooted in Science

30 years and counting, Stroud Water Research Center’s Education Department makes cutting-edge freshwater science fun.
After 60 days in the soil, very little is left of cotton underwear, indicating good soil health.

Boxers or Briefs? As Long as They’re Cotton, They’ll Dish the Dirt on Soil

How does your garden grow? Anyone with a farm field, backyard garden, or lawn can find out by planting a pair of underwear!
56% of people surveyed stated they care about the Schuylkill River.

Is the Schuylkill River Clean and Safe? Interactive StoryMap Shows Perceptions vs. Reality

The goal of the project is to connect residents and communities with the river and all it has to offer as a scenic and recreational destination.
Michael E. Mann, Ph.D.

The 2022 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

The 2022 SAFE Award Recipient is Michael E. Mann, Ph.D., Climate Change Author, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, and Director of the Earth System Science Center.
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Biophysical heterogeneity, hydrologic connectivity, and productivity of a montane floodplain forest

Peipoch, M., P.B. Davis, and H.M. Valett. 2022. Ecosystems, early online access.

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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.

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.

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

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


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