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

Photo of rolled bales of hemp in a foggy field.
What Do Hemp Fiber, Soil Health, and Water Quality Have in Common?
Stroud Water Research Center has launched a collaborative project to study the cultivation, soil health and environmental impact, and manufacturing of industrial hemp fiber ... Read More
Middle school students explore the local watershed to complete their field note books.
Meaningful Watershed Education: A Lasting and Expanding Partnership With a Local School District
The partnership has become a model for building formal and non-formal education partnerships in systemic watershed education ... Read More
Aerial photographs of a recovering forest along White Clay Creek in Pennsylvania.
Patience is the Mother of Science: Long-Term Responses of a Stream to Reforestation
We're studying how White Clay Creek can recover from deforestation and agricultural expansion and to what extent restoration practices can acclerate that recovery ... Read More
Highlights From the Clean Water Paddle Push
Highlights From the Clean Water Paddle Push
From families enjoying their backyard ponds to research scientists relaxing with some paddling time after spending a day taking samples, a collective 225 hours were logged on the 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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