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

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Patterns of dissolved organic carbon in transport
Kaplan, L.A., R.A. Larson, and T.L. Bott. 1980. Limnology and Oceanography 25:1034–1043 ... Read More
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Life history, developmental processes, and energetics of the burrowing mayfly Dolania americana
Harvey R.S., R.L. Vannote, and B.W. Sweeney. 1980. Pages 211–230 in J.F. Flannagan and K.E. Marshall (editors). Advances in Ephemeroptera biology. Springer, Boston, Massachusetts ... Read More
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Biology, ecophysiology, and energetics of Sigara alternata (Say) in White Clay Creek
Schnack, J.A., B.W. Sweeney, and R.L. Vannote. 1978. Physis Sección B 37(93):89–98 ... Read More
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Bioenergetic and developmental response of a mayfly to thermal variation
Sweeney, B.W. 1978. Limnology and Oceanography 23(3):461–477 ... 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

Another photo from a participant in our #CleanWaterPaddlePush

There's still time to join us and help us meet our goals! One week left! Register through the link in bio.

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After some serious storm samples were collected and we saved (and recovered) our equipment from the flooding, we've finally dried out enough to share some photos from Tropical Storm Isaias!! Now on to processing the data.....

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Photo submitted by a #CleanWaterPaddlePush participant in Oklahoma at Lake Hefner.

There's still time to join us, and help us get to 500 hours and $5,000!! Register today!! 🔗 in bio!

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Day 2 of #CleanWaterPaddlePush

There's still time to register and help us meet our goals. 🔗 in bio. How much time will you spend on the water over the next two weeks?

Photo from a participant in Grand Lakes Michigan!

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Join the Clean Water Paddle Push!

When: August 1–16
Where: A body of water near you!

Grab your paddleboard, canoe, kayak, or inner tube and hit a body of water near you during our two-week celebration of water, the earth’s most vital natural resource.

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