Stroud Water Research Center named winner of the 2021 Amazon Web Services Imagine Grant for Nonprofits
Stroud Water Research Center and its partner LimnoTech, Inc. to work with Amazon’s cloud computing arm to develop a portal for sharing and visualizing environmental data
EnviroDIY â¢ monitoring stations send real-time water data to Monitor My WatershedÂ®, an environmental data sharing and visualization portal.
Rachel Johnson, a research engineer and technician working with the Citizen Science program at the Stroud â¢ Water Research Center, explains how EnviroDIY â¢ monitoring stations like the one in front of her can be set up at the water’s edge to collect water. data which is then uploaded to Monitor My WatershedÂ® in reality. time.
Avondale, PA, December 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Stroud â¢ Water Research Center announced today that it has been selected as the 2021 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Laureate Imagine the grant, a public grant opportunity open to 501 (c) registered nonprofits in the United States that use technology to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.
The grant will support the Stroud Center and its partner LimnoTech, Inc. in the development Monitor my watershedÂ®, an environmental data sharing and visualization portal to build confidence in water data by making this data searchable, accessible and interoperable on the Internet.
Monitor My Watershed is one of the many open source web tools in the WikiWatershed Toolkit â¢ designed to help citizens, conservation practitioners, municipal decision-makers, researchers, educators and students advance the knowledge and management of freshwater. It does this by providing users with knowledge of water conditions.
The online data portal allows users to discover and map surveillance data and to share and compare this data with the world. It currently hosts real-time sensor data from two other WikiWatershed tools: EnviroDIY â¢, a community for do-it-yourself environmental science and monitoring, and the Leaf Pack NetworkÂ®, an international network of teachers, students and citizen monitors studying their local river ecosystems.
Monitor My Watershed was named winner in the Momentum to Modernize category, which recognizes foundational technology projects. The Stroud Center will receive $ 30,000 in unrestricted funding, $ 5,000 in AWS promotional credits and project implementation support. The proposals were judged on several factors, including the innovative and unique nature of the project, the impact on mission critical objectives and clearly defined results and milestones.
âWe’re excited to provide Monitor My Watershed users around the world with a faster, more responsive, and more reliable website hosted on AWS. We’re even more excited about developing new features that AWS unlocks, âsaid Scott Ensign, Ph.D., vice president of the Stroud Center. âMonitor My Watershed users have increasingly diverse needs for how they interact with, use and share environmental data. They use this data to make more informed environmental management decisions, learn faster, and create sustainable environmental outcomes. Monitor My Watershed empowers people to take action, and we’re constantly learning from them how we can make this tool even more powerful to meet their needs.
To date, Monitor My Watershed is used by over 100 organizations worldwide and has 676 sites with EnviroDIY monitoring stations, 31 sites that are part of the Leaf Pack network, and over 2 million data records from around the world.
âWhat sets this tool apart from many other data portals is that your data is discoverable not only in Monitor My Watershed, but also through other portals,â Ensign explained. âThis means that users don’t submit data to a black box; they actually share it on a network of similar portals.
Now in its fourth year, the AWS Imagine Grant program provides vital resources to nonprofits looking to deploy cloud technology as a central tool to achieve mission goals.
âAWS has been incredibly inspired by the innovative thinking we have seen in the applications received this year. All nonprofits share a commitment to solving some of our world’s greatest challenges, âsaid Dave Levy, vice president of nonprofits, health, and US government at AWS. âWe look forward to working with our award winners to help them create and reinvent new and existing cloud solutions that will have a significant impact on communities around the world. “
About the Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance the knowledge and management of freshwater systems through global research, education and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policy makers and individuals take decisions informed decisions that affect the quality and availability of water around the world. The Stroud Center is an independent, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization recognized as a world leader in freshwater science, environmental education and watershed restoration, with a secondary location studying tropical ecosystems in Costa Rica.
CONTACT: Diane Huskinson Stroud Water Research Center 610-268-2153, ext. 1298 [email protected]