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.


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!

Latest News

The health and safety of our staff and community are of utmost concern and we are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation. See updates.

Employment Opportunity: Postdoctoral Associate in Microbial Ecology

Employment Opportunity: Postdoctoral Associate in Microbial Ecology

Stroud Water Research Center is searching for a postdoctoral associate to study molecular microbial ecology in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
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.
PFAS movement from points of use to farms and water.

Use Of Biosolids as Soil Amendments May Be a Pathway for PFAS Contamination of Soil, Water, and Ultimately, Our Food

To help understand the extent of this problem in Pennsylvania, scientists are looking at the occurrence and migration of biosolid-derived PFASs into soil and water on agricultural fields.
The Lehigh River in South Bethlehem with the SteelStacks in the background.

Why Is New York City Studying Pennsylvania’s Lehigh River?

Melinda Daniels, Ph.D., was interviewed as part of an NPR story about a study that’s causing concern among Pennsylvanians who depend on the river for their livelihoods.
Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

It is with deep gratitude that we share the news that our friend and longtime board chair, Rod Moorhead, has stepped down to emeritus status.
Watershed Restoration Manage David Wise outside the Moorhead Environmental Center.

David Wise Receives DCNR Watershed Forestry Leadership Award

Wise connects the dots between partners, funders, and landowners to increase the implementation of best practices in land management.
Restoring and Protecting Water Quality and Mitigating Flooding in Rural Landscapes

Restoring and Protecting Water Quality and Mitigating Flooding in Rural Landscapes

Executive Director Dave Arscott, Ph.D., shared how Stroud Water Research Center is working to mitigate threats to water quality.
Stream Degradation and Restoration With Aquatic Insects as Our Guide

Stream Degradation and Restoration With Aquatic Insects as Our Guide

This webinar aimed to help agricultural conservation and ecosystem restoration practitioners reorient efforts toward watershed-scale approaches to achieve local restoration goals.

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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

Upcoming Events

"We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

Every day is earth day at the Stroud Center as we work to ensure the future of fresh water is bright!

#EarthDay #FreshWaterMatters2Us

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"Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives."

---Thomas Berry

#EarthWeek #EnvironmentalEducationWeek #FreshWaterMatters2Us

Click on 🔗 in bio to learn how you can celebrate with us!

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All the beauty of a sunny Sunday along the water as we get set to kick-off #EarthWeek ...

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We are excited to celebrate the great work of the @harambeecharterschool and STEM Education on 15 April (6 pm). Harambee will honor the work of several individuals including our executive director, Dave Arscott, Ph.D.!

To join the celebration, get tickets here: For more information about Harambee:"

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