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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

Freshwater
Research

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

Environmental
Education

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

Watershed
Restoration

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

Grateful for Our First 50 Years
Grateful for Our First 50 Years
As we wind down our 50th anniversary year, and make plans for the next 50, we wanted to share our gratitude with you ... Read More
Meet Our New Scientist: Diana Oviedo-Vargas
Meet Our New Scientist: Diana Oviedo-Vargas
Diana Oviedo-Vargas, Ph.D., grew up in a rural town in Costa Rica and was drawn to the Stroud Center because of its long-term research in Costa Rica ... Read More
50 & Fabulous: Throwing It Back to 1967
50 & Fabulous: Throwing It Back to 1967
The Stroud Center celebrated fifty years of freshwater research, education, and restoration while highlighting the Beatles, the Mod era, and groovy attire! ... Read More
Do You Know What a Leaf Pack Is?
Do You Know What a Leaf Pack Is?
Since the 1970s, Stroud™ Water Research Center scientists have used leaf packs to better understand stream ecosystems from Pennsylvania to Peru and beyond ... Read More
Funds for Improved Farming Practices to Help the Chesapeake Bay
Funds for Improved Farming Practices to Help the Chesapeake Bay
Stroud™ Water Research Center’s Watershed Restoration Group was awarded $750,000 to install best management practices on 24 farms ... Read More
Inclusion at Environmental Education Sites
Inclusion at Environmental Education Sites
Almost all Wisconsin environmental education organizations surveyed consider their facilities at least somewhat accessible to visitors with disabilities, but are they really? ... Read More

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