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Stroud Science on NPR: Road Salt Boosts Safety But Threatens Fresh Water

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When StateImpact Pennsylvania wanted to understand how our addiction to road salt is impacting the environment, they came to Stroud Water Research Center.

Nature’s Engineers: Beavers Provide Benefits to Streams

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“Before European colonization, beavers would have been ubiquitous across the northern United States Great Lakes region,” explains Melinda Daniels, Associate Research Scientist and Principal Investigator of the Fluvial Geomorphology Group.

Healthy Streams for Healthy Herds

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When farmers improve the health of streams on their land, it also improves the health of their herds.

Psephenidae (water penny beetles)

Citizen Scientists Track Tiny Critters to Determine Health of the Watershed

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Turns out eight-year-olds aren’t the only ones who love great piles of leaves. So do macroinvertebrates, the critters that indicate watershed health.

Rock Snot: ItsNot a Joke

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Turns out, noses aren’t the only things that get snotty: Phlegm-like algae grosses out stream beds, too.

Salty Roads, Salty Rivers

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Salt helps keep winter roads safe. But when snow melts, the salt runs off pavement and can end up in waterways.

Trees Can Be a Stream’s Best Friend

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Tree-lined streams aren’t just pretty — healthy trees also make for healthier streams. How’s that, you ask?

Small Streams: The Heart and Soul of Waterways

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When it comes to water quality, size is definitely not everything. Listen up for the big impact of small streams