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 Lauren Ryley against a city background.
Meet Lauren Ryley, Administrative Assistant
When Stroud Water Research Center’s doors reopen to the public, Lauren Ryley's will be the first face you see when entering the Moorhead Environmental Complex, so we want to take ... Read More
Why I Give to the Future of Fresh Water Initiative: William LaFond
Why I Give to the Future of Fresh Water Initiative: William LaFond
With the world’s need for clean fresh water more pressing than ever, we must increase our capacity to pursue our mission ... Read More
The 2020 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence
The 2020 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence
Co-founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son, James Redford, the Redford Center uses the power of film and media to engage people through inspiring stories to environmental action ... Read More
To Fish or Not to Fish: Using Real-Time Data to Protect Trout Populations
To Fish or Not to Fish: Using Real-Time Data to Protect Trout Populations
Fishing guides in Michigan are using real-time data from an EnviroDIY monitoring station to remotely make appropriate decisions on where and when to fish ... 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

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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Checking in on our rain gardens this beautiful fall day with pops of purple (and very happy pollinators) everywhere.

#FreshWaterMatters2Us #PlantNative #raingarden

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