Water treatment facilities have procedures in place to make water safe for drinking. But of course, the dirtier the water, the greater the cost to treat it. A key part of protecting freshwater resources is identifying and reducing sources of pollution.
More than 220 guests joined the Stroud Water Research Center at the 14th annual Water’s Edge gala as they honored the National Park Service and its director Jonathan Jarvis.
We’re expanding our professional development programs for educators to include the WikiWatershed webinar series, more workshops at the Stroud Center, and an emerging partnership with the Chester County Intermediate Unit.
Having grown up in the Sunshine State, it’s not surprising David Reinfeld has an equally sunny outlook for his new position at Stroud Water Research Center. “I’m extremely motivated to see the Stroud Center succeed,” he said in a recent interview.
When mayfly populations decline, it’s a warning that something has gone wrong. But what? Stroud Center scientists and their colleagues are investigating.
Whether you are a teacher, parent, or citizen scientist, here are a few ideas worth considering to make the most of mobile digital technology for environmental education.
Students from Serviam Girls Academy spent a day collecting and identifying macroinvertebrates as part of the Stroud Center’s award-winning stream ecology program. This learning partnership was sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems.
The staff and board of directors of Stroud Water Research Center are pleased to welcome Robert DiFilippo, Holly Michael, Josh Auld, and Michael Bucklin. DiFilippo began his three-year term of service at the September board meeting; Michael, Auld, and Bucklin will begin their service at the December board meeting.
To Unplug or Plug In
In this age of technology ubiquity, is there a place for digital devices in environmental education? An article co-authored by Stroud Center Director of Education Steve Kerlin, Ph.D., argues that it may be time to abandon the “Turn that thing off and go outside!” mindset. Read the full journal article on the Green Teacher website
Reviving the Commons Op-Ed Featured on Nature Conservancy Blog
Stroud Center Director, Bernard Sweeney, Ph.D., and James Blaine believe that although self-interest can lead to the destruction of the commons, through incentivizing best management practices it can also be harnessed to reverse the destruction. Read about on TNC’s Cool Green Science blog
Ecological information specialist Rich Shockey is one of our most effective partners helping to spread the word about how streamside forests protect and restore streams and rivers.
Senator Gets First-Hand Look
at Conservation Practices
Riparian buffers, cover crops, even rain gutters on the barn can make a big difference to water quality. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. saw all this and more on a farm tour that showcased conservation upgrades. Read about it in Lancaster Farming
Long-Term Research Shows Improvement in Susquehanna River
Stroud Center entomologists have been sampling macroinvertebrates in the Susquehanna River near Procter & Gamble’s Mehoopany plant since 1974. The number of insect species collected has doubled over that time period. Read more in an article by the Wyoming County Press Examiner
Join us for an webinar introduction to WikiWatershed and the Model My Watershed web app, which demonstrates the effects of land use and best management practices on your local streams and watersheds. This is just one of the many great education events happening this fall!
How Sparta Middle School Is Working to Restore Nash Creek
We were so excited when Groundswell Michigan shared this video with us! It shows how two Michigan schools used our Leaf Pack Experiment to assess their local stream’s health. They discovered what was impacting their stream and then developed a plan to restore it with native plantings.
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.
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.”
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.
On the centennial anniversary of one of America’s greatest treasures, the 2016 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence will be presented to the National Park Service and its director, Jonathan Jarvis. Jarvis will receive the award during the annual Water’s Edge gala on November 3 at Longwood Gardens.
As part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, Stroud Water Research Center will help guide an effort to enhance citizen-science volunteer monitoring of water quality in eight regional subwatersheds in the Delaware River basin. More than 5 percent of the U.S. population gets their drinking water from the Delaware River basin.
There’s just something about going outside. It’s fun. It lowers stress levels. It helps students focus. And it’s a great way to learn about freshwater science. For these reasons and more, we’ve made field-based learning an integral part of our education programs — now enhanced by an engaging outdoor classroom that lets visitors explore White Clay Creek, the research stream that runs behind our offices.
Cover Cropping Series Starts
Sunn Hemp Acts as Covered Bridge Between Sweet Corn, Broccoli is the first of three columns about farmers who are being coached by cover crop innovator Steve Groff. Supported by the Stroud Center, the series builds on our ongoing work with farmers and landowners to protect, restore, and monitor the long-term health of streams.
Science Education Monthly Feature: Fish Electroshocking to Determine Stream Health
Have you ever wondered what swims by your feet in your local creek? In this month’s episode of Science Education Monthly Feature, Dr. Valerie Ouellet uses electroshocking to identify the creatures swimming in the White Clay Creek (Pennsylvania).
- Students Nationwide Model Their Watersheds, Solve Environmental Challenges
- Stroud Team Helps Discover Species Diversity in State and National Parks
- Conservation Awards Given to Stroud Center and Deep Roots Valley Farm
- Welcome Summer Interns!
- Stroud Center Speaks on Water Scarcity at SFS Meeting
- Volunteers Lend a Helping Hand
Stroud Center Helps at BioBlitz
Stroud Center entomology interns joined citizen scientists, students, and partner organizations at the Centennial BioBlitz at First State National Historical Park. U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI, center) and Chris Coons (DE, right) stopped by our table to learn about macroinvertebrates. See results slideshow
Stroud Center Featured in PSAs
CurrentCast is a syndicated podcast distributed to radio stations nationwide.
You can listen to three 60-second public service announcements featuring Stroud
Center science on their website:
Small Streams: The Heart and Soul of Waterways
Healthy Streams For Healthy Herds
Rock Snot Algae Smothers Streambeds
Model My Watershed Featured
A video about teaching environmental sustainability with our Model My Watershed web app is being featured as part of the NSF 2016 STEM For All Video Showcase. Visit the showcase page to watch the video. From May 17-24 you can cast a Public Choice vote for our video and ask questions about MMW.
New Mayfly Data Logger Board Available
Scientists at Stroud Center have developed a new Arduino-based datalogger board and it is now for sale on Amazon! It is similar to some of the boards we’ve used in the past but we added lots of new features and functionality to make it even easier to use. Read more on our EnviroDIY website
Scout Programs Now Available
Our Rivers on Drugs
Emma Rosi-Marshall, Ph.D, of the Cary Institute visited the Stroud Center to speak about the problem of pharmaceutical contamination of our waterways. Read a lecture recap in Trying to stem flood of drugs in waterways” in Chadds Ford Live.
While macroinvertebrates are a tasty food source for crayfish, a new study reveals a surprising finding: When crayfish were present in in-stream experimental enclosures, macroinvertebrate density was higher, not lower.
Science Education Monthly Feature: Snake Eating Fish
Stroud Center scientists are often outside working in and around streams, and sometimes just happen to catch a view of the coolest things!
Check out this video with images of a water snake having its meal along the water’s edge. We’ll identify the species very soon, so stay tuned!
Stroud Center scientists and a colleague from Lehigh University are studying how well best management practices on farms may protect drinking-water sources from pathogens like Cryptosporidium and E. coli. They are monitoring sites in the White Clay and Red Clay creek watersheds.
Spring School Field Trip Season Is Here!
We are expecting nearly 1,500 participants in our hands-on, boots-in-the-water programs — an 86 percent increase from last spring! We are now accepting school program reservations for next school year. Learn more about our education programs for school groups, educators, and community and conservation groups.