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Since 1967, Stroud™ Water Research Center has focused on one thing — fresh water.
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Effects of relic low-head dams on stream denitrification potential: seasonality and biogeochemical controls

Hripto, J., S. Inamdar, M. Sherman, E. Peck, A.J. Gold, S. Bernasconi, K. Addy, and M. Peipoch. 2022. Aquatic Sciences 84, article number: 60.
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PA to Meet Rise of STEM Economy With New Education Standards Featuring Environmental Literacy

STEM professionals can help solve the world’s leading environmental challenges. Learn how Pennsylvania’s new science standards have been revised to prepare the next generation for such vital work.
The 2022 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

The 2022 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

The 2022 award recipient is Michael E. Mann, Ph.D., a climate change author, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State, and director of the Earth System Science Center.
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Adventures in Geographic Space: Postdoc Daniel Myers Recalls the Wild as He Solves Water Challenges

On a fateful backcountry internship some years ago, the Stroud Center’s new postdoc, Dan Myers, Ph.D., heard the call of the wild and something more: his life’s mission.
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Stone Rivals Herbicides as New Method to Protect Baby Trees From Rodents

During the first five years of growth, young trees need to be protected from chewing — from deer above and rodents below.
Postcard from Costa Rica

Postcard from Costa Rica: A Caracolera Comes Calling

Rafa Morales, station manager at Maritza Biological Station in Costa Rica, shares photos and videos of interesting wildlife he encounters.

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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.

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.

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 Society for Freshwater Science Taxonomic Certification Program ensures skilled persons are providing aquatic invertebrate identifications in North America.

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 Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds provides free technical assistance to Pennsylvania-based watershed and conservation organizations.


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