UpStream Newsletter, June 2016

Students using Model My Watershed web app

Students Nationwide Model Their Watersheds, Solve Environmental Challenges

To cultivate the next generation of scientists and watershed stewards, the Stroud Center is working with program partners to bring the Model My Watershed App to classrooms nationwide. The app makes advanced watershed modeling easy from a Web browser, enabling anyone to predict human impacts on stormwater runoff and water quality.

Stroud intern teaches Sens. Whitehouse and Coons about aquatic insects

Stroud Team Helps Discover Species Diversity in State and National Parks

Stroud Water Research Center entomologists, interns, and educators joined citizen scientists, students, and partner organizations on May 21 for the First State National Historical Park BioBlitz and White Clay Creek State Park BioBlitz. Both events were held as part of the National Park Service Centennial BioBlitz.

2016 Conservation award winner

Conservation Awards Given to Stroud Center and Deep Roots Valley Farm

We’re excited to share that the Stroud Center was named Conservation Organization of the Year by the Berks County Conservation District. Key to our conservation work is the assistance we provide to farmers and landowners to help them better care for our water resources through best management practices like streamside forests. One of the farms in our Farm Stewardship Program received the district’s Farmer of the Year award. Congratulations to Deep Roots Valley Farm, a fifth-generation family farm run by Will and Kelly Smith.

2016 Stroud Center interns

Welcome Summer Interns!

Each summer, Stroud Water Research Center welcomes a new group of interns who are eager to participate in research projects and to begin what may become their life’s work — a career in the sciences. Our internship program, now in its 44th year, has ushered through hundreds of interns who have come in search of meaningful work. It’s invaluable because it allows them to see for themselves if they have the passion and fortitude to sustain themselves during the challenges inherent in research. This year we welcome 22 undergraduate and two teacher interns.

Leaf Pack Workshop participants collect a water chemistry sample

Stroud Center Speaks on Water Scarcity at SFS Annual Meeting

Water scarcity is no stranger to many parts of the world, including the western United States. Supply and demand are at increasing odds. To address this timely issue, the Society for Freshwater Science chose “Running on Empty” as the theme for its annual meeting held in Sacramento, California. Stroud Water Research Center scientists and educators attended the conference, presented research findings, and introduced participants to the Leaf Pack Network.

Blues, Brews, and BBQ event attendees

Stroud Center Events

Despite an ominous forecast, we had a great time under sunny skies at Blues, Brews, and BBQ!

Up next, the Stroud Seminar Series presents

Volunteers at a tree planting event

Volunteers Lend a Helping Hand

During National Volunteer Week and Corporate Days of Service in April and May, volunteers from three corporations and a conservation group gave more than 300 hours to help us plant over 1,200 trees, complete two outdoor classrooms, and prepare a site for a new research experiment!

#ICYMI: in case you missed it

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Baby brook trout from the Trout Grow on Trees program

Did You Know?

Each purchase at sends a little donation our way. It all adds up and helps pay for programs like Trout Grow on Trees, which teaches about the connection between healthy forests, healthy streams and healthy trout populations.

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