Our Focus is Fresh Water

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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


​Our independence and nonadvocacy status ensure the integrity of our research into what makes healthy stream and river ecosystems.


We interpret our research to educate students, teachers, policymakers, and many others about how to ensure clean fresh water for generations to come.


Healthy streams begin on land. We help landowners improve water quality by implementing best management practices and planting streamside forests.

Explore Our Other Initiatives

WikiWatershed® is a web toolkit to advance the knowledge and stewardship of fresh water.

EnviroDIY™ is a community for do-it-yourself environmental science and monitoring.

Leaf Pack Network® helps people investigate the health of their local streams.

Collect chemical and biological data with the WaterQuality app for iOS or Android.

Latest News

Get Your Design on Our New Patch!
Get Your Design on Our New Patch!
The Education Department invites YOU to submit a design for an activity patch for use in its Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and other youth programs! ... Read More
PA Task Force to Boost Environmental Education, Stewardship
PA Task Force to Boost Environmental Education, Stewardship
Chesapeake Bay cleanup and Pennsylvania watersheds aided by NOAA-funded task force to increase environmental literacy ... Read More
Volunteers Plant 1,000 Trees in Coatesville
Volunteers Plant 1,000 Trees in Coatesville
The Stroud Center and the Brandywine Conservancy hosted a tree planting on a farm that was once the northern base of the historic King Ranch of Texas ... Read More
Lancaster Farming Highlights Farmer's Efforts to Help Environment
Lancaster Farming Highlights Farmer’s Efforts to Help Environment
The Stoltzfus farm is a great example of how the Stroud Center can help landowners tap a range of public and private funds to help them afford projects ... Read More
Berks Farmers Connect With Land, Water, and Customers
Berks Farmers Connect With Land, Water, and Customers
Willow Run Farm has a sustainable philosophy that includes grass-fed cattle, free-range chickens, and restoring a stream with the help of the Stroud Center ... Read More
Remembering Bill Anderson
Remembering Bill Anderson
Anderson was a retired high school advanced-biology teacher, a Stroud Center adjunct research associate, and an environmental educator in our Stream School ... Read More

Upcoming Events

  1. Patch Design Contest

    October 1, 8:00 AM - October 25, 5:00 PM
  2. October Education Open House

    October 26, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  3. Science Seminar Series: Buffers, Wetlands, and Spreaders, Oh My!

    October 26, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  4. Slimy Leaves for Healthy Streams: A Training in the Leaf Pack Network

    November 4, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  5. 50 and Fabulous Party

    November 11