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

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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

“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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