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

Volunteers Help Plant Trees for Healthy Streams
Volunteers Help Plant Trees for Healthy Streams
The trees will help restore stream banks, create habitat corridors, and mitigate runoff from a nearby road ... Read More
Schuylkill River Community Scientist Monitoring Project to Kick Off on World Habitat Day
Schuylkill River Community Scientist Monitoring Project to Kick Off on World Habitat Day
The project aims to document the current ecological status and health of the river and seeks to engage and educate a diverse set of river users and residents ... 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
Stroud Water Research Center Celebrates The Redford Center
Stroud Water Research Center Celebrates The Redford Center
Executive Director Jill Tidman accepted the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence in recognition of The Redford Center’s dedication to protect the environment and fresh water ... 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

  1. Youth Watershed Explorer Challenge

    October 1 - November 5
  2. Better Gardens, Better Soils

    November 5, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EST
  3. [VIRTUAL WORKSHOP] Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop

    November 5, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM EST
  4. Open-Source Electronic Hardware for Water Research and Real-Time Online Water Monitoring

    November 9, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
  5. Stream and Buffer Ecology Webinar

    November 10, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST

Have we taken a deep dive into teaching Zoom to frogs or is this a virtual class on amphibians and reptiles? 🐸🐸

Contact our education department to learn about our virtual and in-person options available to you and your classrooms!

#EnvironmentalEducation #VirtualLearning #FreshWaterMatters2Us

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Join us for part two of our webinar series in partnership with @americanrivers celebrating the 2020 River of the Year: Delaware River, this Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
:From the Cities to Suburbs to Farms: How Innovative Water Management Helps River Health

Webinar is #Free thanks to Pennsylvania American Water but you must RSVP. 🔗 in bio! #delawareriver #RiverOfTheYear #FreshwaterExcellence

📸 courtesy of Tim Palmer

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Enjoying a brisk fall day? So are some of our trees we've planted to help restore streams. So far this year our watershed restoration group has planted 80+ acres of buffers on farms across Chester, Lancaster, and Berks counties. ...

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This buffer planting is one of the last gaps in the continuous buffer along "Hammertown Run" in northern Lanc Co - a small trib to the Little Conestoga that CBF and the Stroud Center have been working on for years - connecting a long string of buffers and BMPs. Thanks to the Zook family farm for their dedication to conservation.

#Restoration #Research #FreshWaterMatters2Us

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We're excited about our first in-person education program since March!!

#sociallydistanced #EnvironmentalEducation #TeachOutside

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Remember all of those flags?? We now have #trees

Many dedicated volunteers make for light work! Thank you to everyone who helped us yesterday!! #PlantingTreesForHealthyStreams #FreshWaterMatters2Us

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