STROUD WATER RESEARCH CENTER INC

Our Focus is Fresh Water

Avondale, PA   |  www.stroudcenter.org

Mission

To advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and restoration

Since 1967, Stroud Water Research Center has been focused on one thing — fresh water. We are dedicated to understanding the ecology of streams, rivers, and their watersheds — both pristine and polluted. The health of freshwater ecosystems is our first line of defense in preserving clean water — and clean water is essential to all life. Our freshwater research, environmental education, and watershed restoration and stewardship programs enable businesses, policymakers, landowners, and individuals to make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world.

Ruling year info

1999

President, Executive Director, Research Scientist

David B. Arscott Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Vice President, Research Scientist

Scott H. Ensign Ph.D.

Main address

970 Spencer Rd

Avondale, PA 19311 USA

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EIN

52-2081073

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (U05)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is no issue more urgent, fundamental, and interconnected than water. Limited access to abundant, clean water threatens local, regional, and global socioeconomic stability and long-term success. Understanding the science of fresh water is fundamental to our ability to protect this finite and vital resource.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Environmental and watershed research

Our efforts at Stroud™ Water Research Center require intellectual curiosity, a systematic and rigorous approach to scientific research, and the drive to answer a series of challenging questions about freshwater ecosystems. The answers to these questions may take decades to fully understand, but it is critical that we persist, as they have the power to influence others in ways that positively affect the world’s finite supply of fresh water.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

The Stroud Center’s education department interprets the research on freshwater systems. Our programs are multidisciplinary and oriented to a wide audience that includes primary, secondary, tertiary, graduate, and adult continuing education. We hope that through exposure to our programs and information, people will be motivated to become responsible stewards of freshwater resources.

Stroud Center’s educators have developed extensive resources for educating adults and students grades 4 and up about watersheds and their importance. On-site visits to the Stroud Center, off-site programs at schools, educator workshops, and programs for community and conservation groups are just some of the available options.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Watershed Restoration Group at Stroud Water Research Center aims to develop and implement watershed restoration programs that connect landowners, stakeholders, and the general public with best management practices for conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds; and help provide the infrastructure on the ground for sustaining sources of clean fresh water at a local, regional, and global scale.

The Watershed Restoration Group works closely with the Center’s scientists and educators to interpret and use research findings and the findings of other scientists to develop and implement these programs.

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Annual number of research sites visited at least once

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Environmental and watershed research

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total annual number of research sites visited by our Watershed Biogeochemistry, Ecosystem Ecology, Entomology, Fish Ecology, Fluvial Geomorphology, and Microbiology Groups.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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Related Program

Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total annual number of people impacted by our Education Department’s programs, conferences, and trainings.

Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Annual total of peer-reviewed articles, books, and scientific reports published by our research groups, education department, and watershed restoration program.

Acres of land that have been reforested by the organization

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Related Program

Watershed Restoration

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of acres of forested streamside buffers established by our Watershed Restoration Program.

Number of conservation actions at site(s)

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Related Program

Watershed Restoration

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of best management practices funded or created by the Watershed Restoration Program.

Number of people trained

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Watershed Restoration

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of people impacted by Watershed Restoration Program’s workshops, trainings, webinars, and events.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

For more than 50 years, Stroud Water Research Center has focused on one thing: fresh water.

The Stroud Center’s overarching goal: advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater ecosystems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.

Understanding what makes streams and rivers healthy is the key to ensuring the availability of safe, fresh water for the future.

Ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water requires new, science-driven insights, scalable solutions, and technologies that empower all stakeholders to take informed action.

Key strategies in advancing the Stroud Center’s mission to preserve the future of fresh water include:

-- Conducting scientific research and catalyzing science-based insights.
-- Implementing scalable watershed restoration solutions.
-- Empowering stakeholders with knowledge and technology.
-- Publishing and disseminating research learnings.
-- Cultivating a diverse and inclusive scientific community.

Stroud Water Research Center’s staff are world-renowned scientists, educators, and watershed restoration professionals.

Its scientific disciplines include entomology, ecosystems ecology, fluvial geomorphology, microbiology, fish ecology, and watershed biochemistry.

The Stroud Center’s combination of interdisciplinary scientific research, watershed restoration, and education makes possible an integrated approach and feedback loop that is unique in the nonprofit world.

Its singular focus on fresh water and long-term studies over the past half-century provides an unparalleled opportunity for understanding freshwater ecosystems.

As a non-advocacy organization, its research products are unbiased and adhere to the nature of the scientific process and its outcomes.

The Stroud Center is based in Avondale, Pennsylvania, with a research station in Costa Rica. Its research and collaborations take place across the globe.

Since its establishment in 1967, the Stroud Center has influenced the focus and direction of freshwater science, education, and watershed restoration.

The Stroud Center’s rigorous, cornerstone science and nonpartisan, non-advocacy commitment underpins the high level of public trust and respect it has held over the decades, as well as the influence of its findings. Today, it serves as the world’s foremost trusted resource on the natural functions of streams and rivers.

Science has taken the Stroud Center to rivers around the world toward new discoveries and global research partnerships. Synthesis and collaboration have led to seminal contributions such as the River Continuum Concept and Thermal Equilibrium Concept, early ideas that have shaped decades of advancement in freshwater science. The continual growth and development of research at the Stroud Center has enabled its scientists and restoration leaders to influence decisions at the highest levels of local, state, federal, and international environmental management. Its educators reach students around the globe with knowledge that makes an impact for our planet’s freshwater resources.

Learn more about the impact of the Stroud Center:
Research: https://stroudcenter.org/research
Education: https://stroudcenter.org/education
Watershed restoration: https://stroudcenter.org/restoration

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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STROUD WATER RESEARCH CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 10/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Charles Porter Schutt III

Brown Advisory, Inc.

Frances Abbott

David Arscott

Stroud Water Research Center

Josh Auld

Margaretta Brokaw

Michael Bucklin

Lee Clark

Seetha Coleman-Kammula

Bryan Colket

Robert DiFilippo

Richard Hayne

Robert Johnston

Bert Kerstetter

Susan LeGros

Frederick Merserve Jr.

Holly Michael

Tracey Nguyen

W.B. Stroud Jr.

Lan Vo

Peter Welling

Robert Whetzel

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/01/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

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