What’s New

Cows in a stream

From Stream to Tap: Keeping Fresh Water
Clean and Safe

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.

Stroud Center Celebrates National Park Service’s Commitment to Fresh Water

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.

Expanded Professional Development Programs for Educators

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.

David Reinfeld

New Major Gifts Director Joins
the Stroud Center

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.

Procloeon rivulare by David Funk

Could Rising Temps Be Killing Mayflies, Threatening Streams?

When mayfly populations decline, it’s a warning that something has gone wrong. But what? Stroud Center scientists and their colleagues are investigating.

Choosing Mobile Digital Technologies to Enhance Environmental Education

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.

Fostering Community Partnerships Through STEM 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.

New board members

Stroud Center Welcomes New Board Members

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.

Children collecting data

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

Young riparian buffer in Franklin Township, Pennsylvania

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

Photo of Rich Shockey and his wife in kayaks

Meet the Forester Who’s Leading People to Clean Fresh Water

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 Casey takes farm tour

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

Sampling the Susquehanna

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

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WikiWatershed Toolkit Webinar

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.

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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.

Photo of Jonathan Jarvis

Stroud Award to be Presented to the National Park Service and Director Jonathan Jarvis

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.

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Volunteers to Monitor Threats to Water for 15 Million People

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.

Steve Kerlin teaching in the outdoor classroom

Field-Based Learning at the Stroud Center’s New Outdoor Classroom

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.

Steve Groff

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).

We’ll be adding videos regularly to this YouTube playlist. Subscribe to our channel to be notified of new videos!

UpStream 2016 Issue #3 Now Available

  • 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

Brownie girl scouts working on badges

Scout Programs Now Available

Stroud Center’s education department is now offering programs for scouting groups. To request a program for your Cub Scout pack or Boy or Girl Scout troop, visit this link.

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.

Photo of rusty crayfish.

Crayfish May Help Restore Dirty Streams, Stroud Study Finds

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!

Photo of cows near a tree shelter.

Keeping Pathogens Out of
Drinking-Water Sources

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.

Photo of students sorting macroinvertebrates.

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.

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