Future of Fresh Water Initiative

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. In that time, our research has made significant contributions to policies that protect our nation’s streams and wetlands, storm water management systems, and drinking water sources. Our team of scientists continues to work hard on the critical questions of our time, including the relationship between land use, water quality, and climate change.
To strengthen ongoing research and to expand community empowerment programs to protect clean fresh water regionally and around the world, Stroud Water Research Center has announced its Future of Fresh Water Initiative, with an overall goal of $20 million.

Five Major Aspects of the Future of Fresh Water Initiative

Please contact Executive Director David Arscott, Ph.D., to inquire about making a gift, multi-year pledge, or stock transfer, to establish a challenge match, review naming opportunities, and to learn more. Stroud Water Research Center operates with the help of research grants from public agencies and private foundations, through contracts with corporations and government bodies for specific projects, and through the generosity of donors.

Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D., Executive Director’s Fund

Goal $5M


Thanks to a $1 million challenge match by Rod and Alice Moorhead every gift to the Executive Director’s Fund will be doubled! Provide funds for critical centerwide initiatives. This fund honors the legacy of Bern Sweeney’s more than 40-year career and dedication to research, education, and restoration for decades to come.

Scientific Research Fund

Goal $8M


Empower renowned scientists to further their work and recommend ways to deliver clean fresh water around the world for generations to come.   ACHIEVED!  $50,000 Challenge Match Grant generously sponsored by Spurlino Family Foundation to benefit the Scientific Research Fund.

Environmental Education Fund

Goal $2M


Thanks to a $50,000 Challenge Match Grant by the Colket Family Foundation every gift to the Environmental Education Fund be doubled! Enable educators to utilize technology to enhance and expand science beyond the classroom. Create, refine, and explore new programs and associated curricula.

Watershed Restoration Fund

Goal $4M


Implement collaborations and partnerships necessary to achieve the highest level of freshwater conservation and watershed restoration.

Unrestricted Projects Fund

Goal $1M


Affords institutional leadership the flexibility to apply funds where they are needed most, such as capital projects, conferences and meetings, and technology enhancements.

About Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and 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.

The Stroud Center’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it  the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. A copy of the Stroud Center’s official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania 800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. EIN: 52-2081073

Future of Fresh Water Initiative News

Stroud Water Research Center Launches Its Future of Fresh Water Initiative
Stroud Water Research Center Launches Its Future of Fresh Water Initiative
With the world’s need for clean fresh water more pressing than ever, we must increase our capacity to pursue that mission.