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Become a Volunteer Water Quality Monitor


Since 2013 WV Rivers Coalition and Trout Unlimited (TU) have teamed up to provide the WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Project, a TU program implemented in WV in partnership with WV Rivers Coalition.

The mission of the WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Project is to train and equip volunteers from across the state to monitor coldwater streams in areas with the potential to experience impacts from shale gas development.


In response to proposed large scale natural gas pipelines which will transport the gas produced through shale gas extraction, the WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Project has developed a natural gas pipeline specific monitoring protocol. The protocol will identify erosion and sedimentation impacts that may occur due to pipeline development. Volunteers will collect data and conduct visual reconnaissance before, during, and after pipeline construction.

Workshops for both the shale gas monitoring protocol and natural gas pipeline protocol are held for new volunteers throughout the year and are free and open to the public. 

Volunteers trained in the monitoring protocols will be provided with the tools and resources needed to effectively take water quality samples.

If you'd like to be notified of upcoming volunteer training opportunities sign-up below: 


The WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Program is funded by the WV Department of Environmental Protection and the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation.