Prince Albert to Receive Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

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Diane Huskinson

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco will receive the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence on September 17 at Winterthur as Stroud Water Research Center celebrates its 50th anniversary. Photo: Courtesy of Monaco Palace

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco to receive Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence on September 17 at Winterthur as the Stroud Center celebrates its 50th anniversary.

AVONDALE, Pa. – On the eve of Stroud Water Research Center’s 50th anniversary, the 2017 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence will be presented to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco at The Water’s Edge, the Stroud Center’s premiere fundraising gala, on Sunday, September 17.

Wilmington Trust is the presenting sponsor of the event, which will take place in Delaware, at Winterthur, the childhood home of collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont. This 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands was designed by du Pont. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among America’s best, with magnificent specimen plantings and massed displays of color.

Prince Albert will be recognized for his commitment to freshwater resources through the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Though geographically small, Monaco is globally significant, and the Prince has used his worldly influence to promote bold environmental and ecological ideals.

The Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence is a custom sculpture by Jeffrey Funk and is made of marble, slate and bronze. The sculpture features aquaglyph etchings that symbolize the biodiversity that’s present in healthy freshwater streams and rivers. Photo: Yeda Arscott

Since its inception in 2003, The Water’s Edge has featured an impressive list of individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the world of science, fresh water, and conservation. The inaugural year speaker was Jane Goodall. Starting in 2011, the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence has been presented to an individual or organization with outstanding achievements in freshwater-related activities.

An organization so unique, you won’t find another one like it in the country, the Stroud Center and its 50-year history began and continues on the banks of White Clay Creek in Pennsylvania. Today, the Stroud Center is an independent 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, nonadvocacy organization recognized as a global leader in the field of freshwater science, environmental education, and watershed restoration, with a secondary location studying tropical ecosystems in Costa Rica. Fifty years ago, it opened as a field station of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. The mission — to understand how streams and rivers work in an effort to preserve clean waterways and restore polluted ones — came from founders Ruth Patrick, Ph.D., an eminent freshwater ecologist at the academy, and philanthropists Dick and Joan Stroud.

Since 1967, Stroud Water Research Center scientists have been working to advance new knowledge about how healthy streams and rivers function. Photo: David Funk

Over the past five decades, the Stroud Center’s staff continues to diligently answer the question, how do streams work, through research, education, and watershed restoration.

The River Continuum Concept, originated at the Stroud Center, is the most highly cited research publication in the world related to stream and river science. Other notable highlights include:

  • World’s first indoor artificial stream for studying aquatic ecology.
  • World’s longest continuously operating facility for testing toxic substances on stream animals.
  • World’s first wet laboratory for full life cycle culturing and testing of pollutants on stream insects.
  • World’s first patent for using a stream mayfly (aquatic insect) to test the toxicity of substances being used in and around fresh water.
  • The 1,800 acres White Clay Creek Experimental Watershed designated as a long-term ecological reserve by the National Science Foundation.
  • Extensive staff publications in major and global ecological and educational journals devoted to the ecology of streams, rivers, watersheds, and environmental education.
  • Provided the technical basis for the Department of Justice’s landmark, national court victory demonstrating the connectivity of freshwater wetlands to downstream navigable waterways.
  • Provided the ecological baseline for evaluating the current and future status of the source drinking water for New York City.
  • Developed WikiWatershed® and its components (Model My Watershed®, Monitor My Watershed®, Manage My Watershed®, Micro Site Runoff Model, EnviroDIYTM, Leaf Pack Network®, and Water Quality Mobile App)

Stroud Center scientists have tested more than 2,000 rivers and streams throughout the globe. In addition to the continuing long-term research projects in White Clay Creek, the Stroud Center is participating in research along the Delaware River, the Flint River, the Mississippi Delta, and rivers in Peru, Costa Rica, and Bhutan.

Since the start of Stroud Water Research Center’s formal education program in 1992, it has been helping people of all ages understand how to preserve and protect freshwater streams and rivers. Photo: Tara Muenz

The Stroud Center’s award-winning boots-in-the-water environmental education program is a rite of passage for students from southeastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware, and beyond. The education team serves more than 20 school districts and continues to grow. Additionally, the education department provides other professional development workshops and community outreach which will reach more than 7,500 individuals in 2017.

The Watershed Restoration Group merges the research and education departments by working with large-scale landowners and farmers to understand and mitigate their impact on freshwater systems while still maintaining their farming operations.

The founders strongly believed in sharing the researcher’s findings with the general public. The popular Science Seminar Series features free lectures that educate the public about important work in the world of fresh water. In addition to the two remaining lectures this fall, the Stroud Center still has many events planned to recognize the Stroud Center’s achievements over the past 50 years.

Visit to purchase tickets for The Water’s Edge, sponsored by Wilmington Trust, or another upcoming event. Executive Director and Research Scientist Dave Arscott, Ph.D., says, “From fabulous events to groundbreaking work in the world of freshwater science, the Stroud Center is working hard to ensure that the future of fresh water is bright.”

About Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud Water Research Center advances knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

About the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
In June 2006, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco decided to set up his Foundation in order to address the alarming threats hanging over our planet’s environment. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation supports projects in three main geographical regions: the Mediterranean Basin, the Polar Regions and the Least Developed Countries. The Foundation’s efforts focus on three main sectors: Climate change and renewable energies, biodiversity, and integrated and sustainable water management together with the fight against desertification. Since it was established, the Foundation has supported over 400 projects with a total amount of 36 million euros. /