Center for Watershed Research & Service

Amplifying the Impact of Nonprofit Partners

  • Kiski Conemaugh Stream team
    SFU class project near Johnstown, PA, USA to identify sources of contamination for partner organization the Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team. Results were used to guide watershed restoration planning.

  • Center for Watershed Research & Service

    Nonprofit organizations perform vital service in the restoration of watersheds, both at home and abroad. These nonprofits often affect great positive change with very limited personnel and budgets, impacts that could be amplified with technical assistance, focused research or simply additional manpower.

    This is where the Center for Watershed Research & Service (CWRS) is called to serve. The CWRS helps match nonprofit partners in need of assistance with faculty and students from various academic schools and degree programs at Saint Francis University.


    The Center's mission is to provide expert assistance and manpower to amplify the watershed restoration efforts of domestic and international nonprofit organizations and to advance the watershed restoration body of knowledge.


    • Real class projects in the service of nonprofit partners.
    • Student-professor research teams investigating fundamental and applied research questions of interest to nonprofit partners.
    • Service-learning internships pairing student interns and mentoring professors with nonprofit partners.
    • Mobilization of the SFU student body for large volunteer events held by nonprofit partners.

    CWRS was founded with support from the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds with funds appropriated from the 2011 GenOn Energy Inc. settlement agreement.

  • Contact Us

    If you are a nonprofit organization who could use technical assistance or volunteers, please contact:

    Debra Nagel
    Communications Coordinator

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  • Bolivia watershed project

    SFU student-researchers traverse a mountain of mining waste at Cerro Rico de Potos√≠, Bolivia (top) to characterize conditions that create some of the most extreme (pH < 1) waters  on earth. Characterization is the first step in remediation, which is a goal of the local community, government, and NGOs.

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