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

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.


Latest News

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Postdoctoral Associate in Microbial Soil Health and Water Quality
The Stroud Center is searching for a postdoctoral associate to study the impacts of agricultural cropping and conservation practices on soil microbiome, water quality/biogeochemistry, and hydrology ... Read More
Ensuring Programmatic and Research Stability During Uncertain Times
Ensuring Programmatic and Research Stability During Uncertain Times
We have come a long way since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic but our financial losses of program fees and donations are substantial setbacks ... Read More
Coronavirus Update
Coronavirus Update
The health and safety of our staff and community are of utmost concern and we are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation ... Read More
A Message From Dave Arscott, Executive Director of Stroud Water Research Center
A Message From Dave Arscott, Executive Director of Stroud Water Research Center
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 ... Read More
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Stream restoration for legacy sediments at Gramies Run, Maryland: early lessons from implementation, water quality monitoring, and soil health
Mattern, K., A. Lutgen, N. Sienkiewicz, G. Jiang , J. Kan, M. Peipoch, and S. Inamdar. 2020. Water 12(8):2164 ... Read More
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The Intersection of Science and Policy for Clean Water and a Healthy Delaware River
Watch the video of the first webinar in a four-part series celebrating American River's 2020 River of the Year, Delaware River ... Read More
Delaware River Webinar Series Announced
Delaware River Webinar Series Announced
The Delaware River was named 2020 River of the Year by American Rivers for its progress in improving water quality, river restoration, and community revitalization ... Read More
Newbold Honored With Society of Freshwater Science Award of Excellence
Newbold Honored With Society of Freshwater Science Award of Excellence
Newbold's research on nutrient spiraling has been at the forefront of stream ecology for over 35 years and is recognized as an outstanding contribution to freshwater science ... Read More
Meet Our 2020 (Virtual) Interns!
Meet Our 2020 (Virtual) Interns!
The COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from bringing interns onto our campus this year but we are fortunate to have four interns working remotely ... Read More
Soil Health Movement Is Reducing Water Pollution and Farmers' Costs
Soil Health Movement Is Reducing Water Pollution and Farmers’ Costs
“We really want to try to help the scientific community understand what the impact of healthier soils is on delivery of pollutants to waterways.” ... Read More

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

Another photo from a participant in our #CleanWaterPaddlePush

There's still time to join us and help us meet our goals! One week left! Register through the link in bio.

#FreshWaterMatters2Us #Paddle #Kayak #Canoe #SUP

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After some serious storm samples were collected and we saved (and recovered) our equipment from the flooding, we've finally dried out enough to share some photos from Tropical Storm Isaias!! Now on to processing the data.....

#TropicalStormIsaias #StormSampling #Research #FreshWaterMatters2Us #WhiteClayCreek

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Photo submitted by a #CleanWaterPaddlePush participant in Oklahoma at Lake Hefner.

There's still time to join us, and help us get to 500 hours and $5,000!! Register today!! 🔗 in bio!

#FreshWaterMatters2Us #Kayak #Canoe #Paddle #SUP

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Day 2 of #CleanWaterPaddlePush

There's still time to register and help us meet our goals. 🔗 in bio. How much time will you spend on the water over the next two weeks?

Photo from a participant in Grand Lakes Michigan!

#kayak #canoe #paddle #SUP #FreshWaterMatters2Us

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Guess what? Our #CleanWaterPaddlePush starts tomorrow!

Register now through the link in our bio, and then join us on the water (anywhere --we're up to 9 states so far!!!) from August 1 - 16.

#CleanWaterPaddlePush #FreshWaterMatters2Us #Kayak #Canoe #SUP #Paddle @planetcanoe

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Join the Clean Water Paddle Push!

When: August 1–16
Where: A body of water near you!

Grab your paddleboard, canoe, kayak, or inner tube and hit a body of water near you during our two-week celebration of water, the earth’s most vital natural resource.

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