On Saturday August 2nd, 30 volunteers assembled outside of Elkins, West Virginia to participate in a one-day water quality monitoring event in the northern Monongahela National Forest. Traveling from as far as Charleston, WV, all volunteers had previously been trained in monitoring techniques by TU’s WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Project. This is an ongoing program of TU, implemented in West Virginia by TU and the West Virginia Rivers Coalition (WRVC), which has trained over 106 volunteers in West Virginia and Virginia who collect data at 104 monitoring sites on 91 different streams. The project is made possible by funding from the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation and the WV Department of Environmental Protection.
With equipment and maps in hand, volunteers dispersed in teams of 2 or 3 to collect data and samples at pre-determined locations within the Monongahela. With the help of these volunteers data was collected on 54 different streams in areas that have the potential to be developed for shale gas. This event, and future events of the same sort, will be very valuable in providing information on baseline conditions in some of West Virginia’s highest quality waters. To learn more about the monitoring program and upcoming training opportunities, contact Trout Unlimited at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information see the Observer of Jeffereson County article here: