In This Issue
When Anthony Aufdenkampe, biogeochemist at the Stroud™ Water Research Center, first envisioned working on the Fly River in Papua New Guinea, he had anticipated the loan of a promised 100-foot-long research ship, complete with laboratory, owned by Ok Tedi Mining, Ltd., in which to navigate this river. New owners revoked the offer, however—just one of countless frustrations and challenges that delayed this trip for months. More
Visitors from 20 different countries recently spent the day at the Stroud™ Water Research Center to learn about the Center’s freshwater research and education programs and tour the facilities and grounds. The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. More
Expanding the Leaf Pack Network® to South and Central America
The Amazon is the largest river in the world. Flowing through Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil, it drains 40 percent of the continent of South America, its watershed covers more than 2.7 million square miles, and it carries a fifth of the world's freshwater discharge to the ocean—a volume greater than the 10 next largest rivers combined. Its thousands of tributaries include 12 that are themselves over 1,000 miles long.
Perhaps we should add one more tributary to the list: White Clay Creek. More
Save the Date!
Our 4th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be February 24, 2011, at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Join us for this year's entertaining and inspiring line up of short, independent films and documentaries. Seating is limited—buy tickets now!
Welcome to the Future: The Water’s Edge with Peter Gleick
Peter Gleick is an optimist who labors in a field that is increasingly populated by pessimists. The field is fresh water—and at the Stroud™ Water Research Center’s 8th annual The Water's Edge, Dr. Gleick spoke knowledgeably and passionately about “Water in the 21st Century: New Thinking for a Sustainable Future.” More
Science, Ecology, and Fitness Combine
Director Dr. Bern Sweeney was on hand to explain the benefits of streamside buffers to students at Pocopson Elementary School as they planted 200 trees on school grounds. Their aim: to reforest part of their campus and to provide a buffer for the nearby Brandywine Creek. More
Tour of Center Focuses on Forested Buffers
Director Dr. Bern Sweeney hosted visitors from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as they toured the Center and learned about its 20 years of research on riparian buffers. More
Chester County’s Share: $4 Million for Environmental Projects
Assistant Director Dr. David Arscott and Dr. John Jackson discuss the phosphorus study and the project studying how fluctuating water temperatures affect fish and aquatic insects. More
Disseminating Our Findings to Our Peers & the Public at Large
Our ability to disseminate our findings to a broad audience allows us to increase awareness and create a public dialogue centered on the protection, preservation and restoration of watersheds everywhere. It’s for that reason that our scientists and educators engage in both scientific and public forums to share their findings. The following highlights recent presentations.