Twice a year monitors are asked to send water samples to a certified lab, in a program provided container, for chemical analysis.
Volunteers are trained to collect chemical and physical measurements which can alert the monitors of potential pollution.
Monitors measure stream cross-sectional area.
The monthly monitoring routine includes the follow data collection:
Volunteers log the data collected on provided forms and then enter observations into an online
The program holds bi-monthly conference calls to update the volunteers on the program and provide assistance and support to volunteers as they participate in monitoring.
Volunteers in the WV Water Quality Monitoring Project have the opportunity to participate in the WV Department of Environmental Protection's Save Our Streams program. Participants are trained to take biological samples of benthic macroinvertibrates, the critters that live along the stream bed. These organism are sensitive to water quality conditions and can provide valuable information to monitors about the long term health of the streams they monitor.