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

Award-Winning Web Toolkit Helps Protect Fresh Water

WikiWatershed, an online toolkit featuring a watershed-modeling web app developed by Stroud Water Research Center and partners was awarded the 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Science Education Feature: Caddisflies

Learn about the ecosystem benefits of net-spinning caddisflies, as well as how they interact with their environment, from Ben Tumolo, a visiting Ph.D. candidate from Montana State University. Caddisflies are abundant in White Clay Creek, the Exceptional Value Stream that runs behind the Stroud Center. Like this video? See more like it on our YouTube playlist. Subscribe to our channel to be notified of new videos!

Volunteers Plant 1,140 Trees Along Red Clay for National Volunteer Week

Stroud Water Research Center celebrated National Volunteer Week by restoring 3.8 acres (approximately 165,528 square feet) along two first-order, headwater tributaries of Red Clay Creek, which is a major tributary of Brandywine Creek and then the Christina River.

Stroud Center Honors Eagle Scout for Design of Outdoor Education Kiosk

Payton Shonk was honored for his Eagle Scout project, an education kiosk, at the Stroud Center’s dedication of a new outdoor classroom. More than 5,000 students and adults have learned about freshwater stewardship at the outdoor classroom since its debut last fall.

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