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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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Algal bloom in Brandywine Creek where it flows under a railroad bridge.

Who’s Polluting Our Water? Scientists’ New Way to Trace Algae Origins Could Tell Us

Not all algae are harmful but too much can be deadly. Why? Because when they die, the blooms feed bacteria that rob the water of oxygen. 
Introduction to the Lancaster County, Pa. Outdoor Leadership Network Initiative

Calling Lancaster County, Pa. Teachers: Join the Outdoor Leadership Network Initiative

Gain experience from teachers who have been teaching and engaging students in environmental literacy and action for years!
River with riparian forest

Protecting Forests, Clean Water Amid Changing Remote-Work Landscape

To make the case for preserving open space amid the demand for new development, it’s important to measure impact. Now scientists are doing just that.
Members of Mighty Writers—El Futuro look at aquatic insects next to the Watershed Education Mobile Lab.

Watershed on Wheels Makes a Splash at World Water Day Event

Families, community members, and a group of Mighty Writers gathered to learn about the world’s most precious natural resource — clean fresh water — and how to protect it.
A close view of green-dyed road salt on a walking path in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Who Can You Trust? Stroud Center Scientist Testifies on Threats of Road Salt to Fresh Water

The invitation came on the heels of the Stroud Center sharing data with the Philadelphia Inquirer underlining the gravity of the road salt crisis as it affects clean fresh water.
Some Insights on Reforestation Methods

Some Insights on Reforestation Methods

Watch a video presentation outlining our research and case studies on how to maximize tree survival and growth in forested stream buffers.

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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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