Our Focus Is Fresh Water

Who We Are

Since 1967, Stroud™ Water Research Center has been focused on one thing — fresh water. We are dedicated to understanding the ecology of streams, rivers, and their watersheds — both pristine and polluted.

What We Do

The health of freshwater ecosystems is our first line of defense in preserving clean water — and clean water is essential to all life. Our freshwater research, education, and watershed restoration programs enable businesses, policymakers, landowners, and individuals to make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world.

How You Can Help

Show your commitment to research and education programs that are helping to ensure clean and available water here and around the world — become a Friend of Stroud Water Research Center today.


What’s New at the Stroud Center

Bern Sweeney and Dave Arscott

Arscott Takes Reins as Executive Director

After decades of exceptional leadership, Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., is ready to focus on his primary passion at the Stroud Center, research, and continue to help with outreach and fundraising activities. Read more

Steve Kerlin helps carry voyageur canoe

Students Take to the Woods to Monitor Streamside Forests

This spring, more than 130 students helped Stroud Center educators and watershed restoration staff monitor streamside forests in the Middle-Schuylkill and Brandywine-Christina watersheds. The in-field, service-learning opportunities were designed to involve students in research to collect useful data on riparian-zone tree plantings. Read more

Jen Totora teaching rowing

Meet Jennifer Totora, Stroud’s New Education Specialist

Totora brings more than 15 years of combined environmental education and field work experience. A self-proclaimed “STEMinist,” she has a passion for sharing the wonders of the natural world with kids of all ages and a specific interest in inspiring underserved girls to become the next leaders in science and engineering. Read more

Sovana Bistro

“Dine and Donate” a Success!

Sovana Bistro’s “Dine and Donate” night to benefit the Stroud Center was a huge success! On Sunday, April 23, diners raised $1,012 to benefit our freshwater research, environmental education, and watershed restoration efforts. A big thank you to all of our hungry and thirsty friends and to the generosity of Sovana Bistro. Learn how you can support the Stroud Center while having fun as we continue our 50th anniversary celebration!

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