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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
Grand prize winner at the 2018 Road Rally for Fresh Water
Car Enthusiasts Explore Chester County Watersheds in Support of Clean Fresh Water
The rain didn't stop the second annual Road Rally as drivers counted bodies of water and restoration sites while answering clues about the region's history ... Read More
Direct channel precipitation and storm characteristics influence short‐term fallout radionuclide assessment of sediment source
Direct channel precipitation and storm characteristics influence short‐term fallout radionuclide assessment of sediment source
Karwan, D. L., J. E. Pizzuto, R. Aalto, J. Marquard, A. Harpold, K. Skalak, A. Benthem, D. F. Levia, C. M. Siegert, and A. K. Aufdenkampe. 2018. Water Resources Research, ... Read More
Students working on designing a 3-D macroinvertebrate model
Life Lessons in Three Dimensions: Students, Stroud Center, Retired Teacher Collaborate
By creating these teaching tools for other students to learn about freshwater ecosystems, the students developed their own curiosity about their outdoor environment ... Read More
Screenshot of Caddisflies, Engineering an Ecosystem video
Video Spotlights Caddisflies as Ecosystem Engineers
Hydropsychid caddisflies (Trichoptera) are a group of globally distributed aquatic insects that spin silk mesh nets that they use to filter feed. These silk mesh nets are important ecosystem engineering ... Read More
Soil carbon redistribution and organo-mineral associations after lateral soil movement and mixing in a first-order forest watershed
Soil carbon redistribution and organo-mineral associations after lateral soil movement and mixing in a first-order forest watershed
Fisher, B. A., A. K. Aufdenkampe, K. Yoo, R. Aalto, and J. Marquard. 2018. Geoderma 319:142–155 ... Read More

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