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STROUD WATER RESEARCH CENTER INC

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Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Science & Technology, Technology, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Stroud™ Water Research Center advances knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global scientific research, environmental education, and watershed restoration. No other institution explores the intricate functioning of these finite freshwater resources and how to protect them like we do — across years, sometimes decades, of changes to our environment. Our groundbreaking work leads to a deeper understanding of the streams, rivers, and watersheds that sustain communities and ecosystems around the world.

Results: Understanding what makes streams and rivers healthy is key to ensuring the availability of clean and safe fresh water now and for the future. For more than 50 years, Stroud Water Research Center scientists have pioneered freshwater research. We apply our unique, interdisciplinary approach to the critical questions that affect water quality and availability around the world. From the River Continuum Concept to the Thermal Equilibrium Concept, our early ideas have shaped decades of advancement in freshwater science. Our unbiased, nonadvocacy research influences decisions at the highest levels of local, state, federal, and international environmental management. Each year, our educators and watershed restoration specialists reach thousands of people and organizations around the globe with knowledge, tools, and resources to make informed decisions that help protect our planet’s most precious natural resource, fresh water.

Target demographics: Businesses, government policymakers, landowners, nonprofits, students, teachers, underserved populations, and individuals of all ages.

Geographic areas served: United States, Global

Programs: We advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater resources through global scientific research, environmental education, and watershed restoration. Our programs promote understanding of streams and rivers as ecosystems and provide solutions to threats facing our water resources around the world. This includes: ● Conducting scientific research and catalyzing science-based insights. ● Pioneering scalable watershed restoration solutions. ● Empowering individuals and organizations with knowledge and technology. ● Engaging volunteers in stewardship and community science activities like tree plantings and water monitoring. ● Publishing and disseminating research learnings. ● Cultivating a diverse and inclusive scientific community.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stroud is a destination for everyone who cares about the environment. Their ecological studies are useful for other environmental organizations and community. Their educational programs are consistently well though out. Their staff is professional and helpful. Amazing organization to work with.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Stroud Water Research Center, Inc. is my "go-to" for all things watershed education! Their staff is knowledgable, friendly, and creative. Stroud's local and action-oriented programs engage teachers, youth, and the community. They are a trusted source of unbiased and fact-based watershed information, and leaders in experiential environmental literacy education.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been working with staff from the Stroud Water Research Center over the last year to model runoff and pollutant loading changes under different land use scenarios, to demonstrate the stormwater management benefits of permanently preserving open space. Stroud staff are so incredibly knowledgeable, with amazing technical skills, and are so responsive to my project's needs, I feel lucky to have the connection and that we could engage with them on our Return on Environment reports for counties in Greater Philadelphia.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sroud is a very educational non profit. I am a retired engineer and always investigating new ways to preserve and help the environment. Water is one of the most precious resources that we have and we need to protect and save our water from being compromised. I have been involved in one small initiative that Stroud has embraced called stream stewards . I have two streams that I monitor monthly. Stroud engineered a water sensor that sends readings of the water every 5 minutes. You can from monitor from home and/or cell phone. I would like to attach a photo but the sensor momitoring may be propietary. Thanks to Stroud I and many others are citizen scietists.

Stroud offers quite a few educational opportunities every month which I have attended and provides me and countless others with lifelong learning opportunities. Covid did limit in person attendance but lectures were provided virtually and I expect Stroud to reurn to in person opportunities very soon.
Stroud has afforded me and many others a means to provide a meaningful contribition to society.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Stroud Water Research Center has been an invaluable partner for The Nature Conservancy in building and maintaining our Stream Stewards water quality monitoring program. The staff at the Stroud Center are unparalleled in their willingness and ability to share their expertise with partners, volunteers and the general public to support and encourage organizations and individuals to become stewards of freshwater resources. From designing and installing in-stream sensor stations, to assisting with riparian planting projects, to educating the public at programs and events and connecting volunteer monitoring groups in the Delaware River Watershed, the Stroud Center staff are doing incredible work to protect clean water.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Stroud Water Research Center has been invaluable with professional development support in our middle and high schools. They worked with us to integrate critical concepts and standards into meaningful learning experiences for students. Stroud Water met numerous times with our curriculum specialists to plan the workshops. The feedback from teachers is always positive.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As Director of Environmental Education for a PA agency, improving the environmental literacy of the all Pennsylvanians is a major priority. In this role, I have had the fortunate opportunity to work with the Stroud Water Research Center on a variety of projects and initiatives. Collaborating with Stroud and other agencies and organizations as part of the PA Environmental Literacy Task Force, Stroud has proven to be a valuable partner in the work of this task force. Their professional staff are well informed in the latest trends in environmental education, continually shows a willingness to go above and beyond and have been a leader within this collaboration. Stroud Water Research Center also has shown that they are quite talented in procuring grants and delivering outstanding programs with the use of these funds. I know this first-hand, as Stroud is an active participant in a grant program manged by this office. Their projects have shown creativity and have done a remarkable job in reaching under-served communities. Currently PA is undergoing a revision in the environment and ecology standards for public education. Steve Kerlin has demonstrated excellent leadership in this difficult process. I have also have closely worked with other staffers (Mandy Nix and Tara Muenz) that bring a dynamic presence to these projects. My interactions with the Stroud Water Research Center have all been positive as they contribute mightily to improving environmental literacy within Pennsylvania.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Stroud Water Research Center is a place where education can literally grow! As the science curriculum specialist K-12 for a public school in south central PA - when I had a need for high quality, professional, and not to mention fun, water science educational opportunities for my teachers and their students - Stroud delivered! From student field trips to teacher professional development, the Stroud Water Research Center was amazing to work with. Their knowledge, enthusiasm, and sheer joy for learning is evident in every aspect of the experience. Simply put – they are the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with the Stream Stewards, a joint program with The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service. The Stream Stewards monitor water quality in several streams in and around the First State National Historic Park. The monitoring technology we use was developed by and implemented with Stroud Water Research Center. Stroud continues to work with us in maintaining this technology, and is a valued partner in our efforts to protect and preserve clean water in Delaware and Pennsylvania.

1 Todd K.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Environmental Education Specialist at the public Caesar Rodney School District (CRSD) in Kent County, Delaware. The unique and relatively unprecedented nature of this role in my District's Department of Curriculum and Instruction was initially made possible, in part, as a result of years of reaching out to community partners as a classroom teacher championing environmental literacy for all. One particular non-profit that we are proud to call one of our most valued and respected community partners is the Stroud Water Research Center (Stroud Center). Last year, 2020, amidst all of the challenges and restrictions brought on by the pandemic, we partnered with the Stroud Center as we applied for the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund (DWCF) federal grant which funds projects that improve local water quality and native habitat while educating communities. It was Stroud Center's expertise and dedication to their work, along with a few other partnerships, that ultimately led us to be awarded this substantial 2-year grant funding expansion of outdoor learning spaces, revitalizing stormwater drainage facilities, and replacing underutilized turf with more valuable native vegetation and other habitat components. They have been remarkable in helping us to develop and present a variety of professional development training sessions for our staff. This partnership has also helped CRSD continue to expand and diversify our growing network of community partners by introducing us to their own network. Working with Stroud Center staff has been rewarding and we look forward to the second year of this grant and the opportunities that are now real possibilities as a result of working together.

James H.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an amazing time getting to see all of the amazing work the Stroud Research Center does in Bucks County and the connections/impacts the organization has abroad. I worked here as a Communications intern for Summer 2021, and ALL of the staff were so helpful and passionate about the center's work. It was easy and fun to be a part of the fundraising campaign at Stroud because you know the money goes to the Center's mission to protect and improve our waterways locally and beyond. I cannot recommend the Stroud Research Center enough.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I have gone to many lectures and workshops hosted by Stroud Water Research. We love the fact that such a progressive, world-class research institution is located only one hour away by car. The staff are knowledgeable, professional and courteous. They have always made themselves available for our local watershed association questions and even went to the trouble of designing and giving a fantastic workshop on how to use data collected from our local Mayfly sensor stations. Also, as an environmental educator myself, Stroud has always been available to answer water-related questions and hosts informative webinars. We are truly grateful for Stroud Water Research Center.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a long standing member of the White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic Management Committee, I am pleased to write in support of Stroud Water Research Center. Over the years, Stroud has been an invaluable partner to the Wild and Scenic, particularly in the areas of riparian buffer restoration and water quality monitoring.

We are extremely fortunate to have Stroud Water Research Center as a partner in the White Clay Watershed!

Sincerely,
Aileen Parrish
London Britain Township
Board of Supervisors

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stroud Water Research Center is our go-to source for freshwater health related research, citizen science research, direct and train-the-trainer educational outreach, and so much more.
I have participated in their public educational programs, tailored educational programs for specific groups, and attended guest presentations by Stroud Center staff. I highly encourage our volunteers to work on their citizen science monitoring program and everyone involved loves their experience and the sense of pride from providing information that is available for researchers around the globe.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stroud Water Research Center has been an absolute pleasure to work with! Their team of researchers, scientists, and educators are always willing to lend a hand to provide guidance whenever a question arises. When our organization installed a water quality monitoring sensor for the first time, the Stroud Water Research Center staff worked side-by-side with me to ensure that I fully understood all of the data that was being collected. I would highly recommend working with them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stroud Water Research Center is a premier freshwater research and outreach institute located in Pennsylvania. I have worked with Stroud as an intern, professionally, and as a citizen and have been amazed and their depth of knowledge, passion, and drive for education and outreach. Five stars!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would have to say that working with Stroud Water Research has been the best experience I have had with any organization, non-profit or not. They have empowered me to push beyond what I thought I could do and backed me up the entire time.

Most of my work with Stroud has been with their Mayfly Data Loggers and the EnviroDIY Program. They have built a community that engages users and provides them with the tools and resources to succeed. They also helpful in sharing with other organizations to promote their work or the work of others, to benefit the common good.

I am always very eager to work with Stroud Water Research and look forward to many years of the collaboration and education they provide.


Robert S

Donor

Rating: 5

The Stroud Water Research Center is an internationally active and renowned water and aquatic ecologies science center, whose work ranges from basic science, to understanding landscape wide and site-specific impacts on watersheds, to ecological restorations. Environmental education is also a key organizational mission, so that the lessons learned can benefit local communities of residents, all levels of government, and nonprofit watershed and natural resource organizations. Science and practice are truly integrated in the way this organization works, a characteristic that was born with its first scientists who tested the ecological principles and passed on their informed recommendations for improving water quality, forest and biodiversity expansion, and health of aquatic species and ecologies. Diversity is represented in both the staff and volunteers. All of my volunteer work there has been critically linked with the education I need to understand the key principles of the projects, and to use tools effectively. These scientists, technical experts, and educators practice the affability, determination to improve water quality, scientific excellence, technical analysis, and willingness to partner in ways that lead to continuing expansion of their assistance to others and their expertise.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the first day of training with Stroud Water Research Center, to the present, where I've made trusted friends, I've found all those involved to be committed to their mission, supportive of all people searching to understand the science of fresh water systems, and generous with sharing education about fresh water systems.

This organization is transparent about their views and ideas, approaches to research, and experiences in the field.

David Bressler, Citizen Science Project Facilitator, is exceptional in his role to connect, and build relationships with individuals and organizations in an effort to support awareness and encourage research of our valuable fresh water resources.

Board Member

Rating: 5

In all the years I've been involved with Stroud Water Research, either on the board or as a volunteer, I've never had a moment that I haven't been totally inspired, impressed or educated!! The international staff is so dedicated to preserving fresh water and teaching the rest of the world how it can be done. I selfishly stay involved as I've learned so much about our environment and how to be a better steward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had the opportunity to participate in a volunteer event with Stroud collecting data on the caliper of trees. The Stroud individual was very knowledgeable about the initiative we were helping with and could tell he was passionate about it. I enjoyed working with Stroud for the day and plan on volunteering with them again.

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stroudcenter 09/15/2021

Thank you! We are grateful for your help collecting data to advance our watershed restoration efforts. And we appreciate you taking the time to post about your experience!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My friends and I love to support the Stroud research center. I appreciate they were able to provide a great volunteer opportunity during the pandemic. I was able to take half a day off from working at home to help plant trees at a beautiful location in Southeastern PA. It was a great day, they followed all CDC guidelines so everyone felt comfortable. After a rough few months it was nice to be able to contribute and connect outdoors with like minded individuals. I look forward to volunteering again in the near future.

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stroudcenter 09/13/2021

Thank you so much for your kind words and for volunteering your time to help us plant trees for clean water. We really appreciate your help and look forward to seeing you again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an un-paid volunteer, I have spent time at the Stroud Center doing stream monitoring with the lab assistants. I continue to be impressed by their knowledge of a stream's eco-system and its importance to our way of life. The Stroud Center does freshwater research all around the world, in particular helping impoverished areas learn to detect clean water for drinking and cooking, which is life-saving in most countries. I would recommend a visit to anyone looking to learn more about conserving fresh water.

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