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

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Fall 2016 Internships Available

Stroud Center is seeking recent graduates in science and environmental education to serve as laboratory assistants in a biological water quality analysis of sites in the Schuylkill and Delaware River Basins. These data are being collected in support of intensive restoration and preservation efforts throughout these basins.

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River conservation, restoration, and preservation: rewarding private behavior to enhance the commons

In this new paper published in Freshwater Science, Stroud Center director Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., and James Blaine explore how incentivization of best management practices could improve conservation, preservation, and restoration of rural and agricultural watersheds.

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Shout-Out For Stroud Center Environmental Science Programming

Mike Weilbacher, executive director of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, included the Stroud Center in his list of Philadelphia-area nonprofits that have “offered first-class natural science programming for decades.”

Mike Broomall sampling the Susquehanna River

Scientists Monitor River for Procter & Gamble

Stroud Center entomologists were interviewed as they performed their yearly macroinvertebrate sampling on the Susquehanna River near Procter & Gamble’s Mehoopany plant. Stroud Center has been assessing water quality on the river since 1974.

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