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

Job Opportunity: Data Analyst
Job Opportunity: Data Analyst
Stroud Water Research Center seeks a full-time data analyst to provide database management and statistical analyses to support its work ... Read More
$50,000 Challenge Match Grant Generously Sponsored by the Colket Family Foundation
$50,000 Challenge Match Grant Generously Sponsored by the Colket Family Foundation
This challenge grant will enable us to sustain and expand our community-wide education and training programs, curricula, and instructional technologies ... 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
Photo of Chief Quiet Thunder outdoors with a display of Lenni Lenape items.
A Living Legacy: Stroud Water Research Center Celebrates the Life of Chief Quiet Thunder
His boundless legacy and life’s work honoring indigenous peoples, humanity, and the Earth will inspire us all for generations to come ... Read More
Video still showing masked students performing stream water chemistry tests.
Grateful, Even in This Difficult Year
Having you as a Friend of Stroud Water Research Center means more to us this year than you can possibly know ... Read More
View of Creek Critter book pages with award finalist logo.
Creek Critters a Finalist for Excellence in Hands-On Science Book Award
The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults ... Read More
Photo of an American eel being weighed as part of a scientific study.
White Clay Creek: A Pennsylvania Stream Responds to Reforestation
The East Branch of White Clay Creek is the subject of a restoration study on a time scale rarely applied to streams or rivers anywhere in the world ... 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

“Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home.” ~ Wilbur D. Nesbit

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Making it rain!! Check out our rainfall simulator which helps us to measure infiltration rates of different types of soils in farm fields.

#Research #FreshWaterMatters2Us #SoilHealth #HealthySoilsForHealthyWatersheds

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Occasionally we have field work that requires us to work in close proximity with someone else, like installing a  lead line for an acoustic doppler current profiler to get an idea of the shape of the stream bed, so we recruit spouses to become techs for the day!! #COVIDYear

#Research #FreshWaterMatters2Us #ScienceGoesOn

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At least the face masks are adding an extra layer of warmth as days get colder! Another sensor installation along Bucktoe Creek with the help of a volunteer!

#CitizenScience #Research #FreshwaterScience #FreshWaterMatters2Us

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It's #nationaltakeahikeday and we hope you were able to grab a few hours (or moments) of daylight to enjoy a walk.


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