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

Stroud Water Research Center Launches Its Future of Fresh Water Initiative
Stroud Water Research Center Launches Its Future of Fresh Water Initiative
With the world’s need for clean fresh water more pressing than ever, we must increase our capacity to pursue that mission ... Read More
Help Us Meet the $1 Million Challenge!
Help Us Meet the $1 Million Challenge!
Meeting the challenge for the Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D., Executive Director’s Fund will ensure we retain global leadership in freshwater science ... Read More
Susan Fitzpatrick and family
Meet Susan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick brings energy and enthusiasm, as well as years of experience providing support to administrators and executives, to the Stroud Center ... Read More
A Farmer Transforms a Stream
A Farmer Transforms a Stream
A Pennsylvania poultry and crops farmer shares his insights on creating rich habitat and cleaner water through riparian forested stream buffers ... Read More
Boots-in-the-Water STEM Programming Supported by Pennsylvania Tax Credits
Boots-in-the-Water STEM Programming Supported by Pennsylvania Tax Credits
Each year more than 3,000 K-12 public school students benefit from the generosity of businesses in the Education Improvement Tax Credit program ... Read More
Photo of microplastics on a black background
Consumer Choices Can Combat Microplastic Pollution
The message from Sherri Mason, Ph.D., to those who attended the "Perils of Plastics" lecture was, "Reduce or eliminate your use of single-use plastic." ... 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.

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