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

The health and safety of our staff and community are of utmost concern and we are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation. See updates.

Employment Opportunity: Grant and Contract Administrator

Employment Opportunity: Grant and Contract Administrator

Stroud Water Research Center invites applications for a full-time position involving the effective and efficient management of sponsored project accounts.
Employment Opportunity: Postdoctoral Associate in Microbial Ecology

Employment Opportunity: Postdoctoral Associate in Microbial Ecology

Stroud Water Research Center is searching for a postdoctoral associate to study molecular microbial ecology in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
A Message From the Executive Director Regarding the Importance of Racial Equity and Justice

A Message From the Executive Director Regarding the Importance of Racial Equity and Justice

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.
Map showing forested stream buffers in the west branch of Red Clay Creek with a photo overlay of brook trout fingerlings.

Landowners Partner With Stroud Center on Stream Restoration Across Watershed

Something wonderful is happening on the west branch of Red Clay Creek. It is getting its trees back — and perhaps its native brook trout, too.
Lee Clark backpacking, Tracey Nguyen on a mountaintop, and Krysti Vo on a ski slope.

Stroud Center Welcomes New Board Members

Stroud Water Research Center is pleased to welcome Lee Clark, M.A.B.C., Tracey Nguyen, J.D., M.B.A., and Krysti (Lan Chi) Vo, M.D., to its board of directors.
A woman kneeling in a stream collects a rock scraping sample for microbial analysis.

We’ve Missed This! Stroud Center Resumes Fish Monitoring

It feels like a breath of fresh air for our research staff to resume our fish monitoring project in 37 streams of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
A boy carries a tree tube used to shelter a native tree in a streamside forest planting.

Earth Week Volunteers Give Streamside Forest a Helping Hand

Stroud Water Research Center wrapped up Earth Week by revisiting two streamside tree plantings for spring maintenance.
Taking Stock of Big Picture, Strategic Priorities for Watershed Restoration

Taking Stock of Big Picture, Strategic Priorities for Watershed Restoration

With scarce public resources to accomplish so many restoration outcomes across the Commonwealth, it’s imperative to maximize our effectiveness.
Publication title with image of a mayfly

Urbanization pressures alter tree rhizosphere microbiomes

Rosier, C.L., S.W. Polson, V. D’Amico, J. Kan, and T.L.E. Trammell. 2021. Science Reports 11, 9447.

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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.

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

We have a captive audience for today's restoration work! #Restoration #Farmers #FreshWaterMatters2Us ...

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Before it ends...#maythe4thbewithyou

If ya know, ya know 😉 if not, check out EnviroDIY.Org to learn more.

#CitizenScience #FreshWaterMatters2Us #mayflydatalogger

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"Ancient trees are precious. There is little else on Earth that plays host to such a rich community of life within a single living organism."
-- Sir David Attenborough

Happy #ArborDay #PlantingTreesForHealthyStreams

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Do you think we have a few tree plantings on the horizon? 🤣

#DYK these green tubes scattered around the countryside contain seedlings. While the main purpose of these shelters is to protect the trees from deer browse, they also offer some protection from the wind and help the young saplings to flourish.

#plantingtreesforhealthystreams #Restoration #Research #FreshWaterMatters2Us

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A beautiful afternoon doing buffer maintenance along Buck Run. This particular planting was planted in 2017 and is doing great!

Thank you to the @sccchamber Young Business leader group, Resolution Life, and other volunteers from the community for your help!

#EarthWeek #Volunteer

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