WV Rivers Monitoring News:
Save the Date, MVP Update, & Upcoming Events

Join Us to Celebrate the 10-Year Anniversary of the
WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Program at Snapshot Day!

Save the Date: Join us for a Watershed Snapshot Day on July 29, 2023, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Stuart Recreation Center in Elkins, WV. Volunteers from the WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Program will gather in the Monongahela National Forest to capture a “snapshot” of the water quality in the headwaters.

Volunteers will work in teams, each receiving maps and instructions to help establish baseline conditions and track changes in water quality over time. Our goal is to conduct water quality monitoring for several sites along eight routes in the Monongahela National Forest.

Image of a volunteer outside in the woods. The photo is taken from behind and over the shoulder. The subject is observing the results of a water quality test.

At this event, we also want to show our volunteers, who have helped us watchdog our waters over the past 10 years, how much we appreciate and value their commitment to clean water. More details to come on this celebration and the schedule of events.

Learn How to Monitor Pipeline Construction and Report Pollution!

Image of a barrier wall along the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Water is flowing over the wall.

The Fiscal Responsibility Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, granted the approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). As a result, MVP is scheduled to restart construction as early as next week.

Our team at WV Rivers has been tirelessly working to protect our water, land, and communities throughout this process. Despite the approval, there are still over 500 waterways that remain to be crossed by the pipeline. To hold MVP accountable, we need to increase our capacity to monitor construction and report pollution to ensure the environmental impacts are minimized.

Join us for a virtual training on June 29, 2023, at 07:00 PM, to protect our rivers and streams from potential harm caused by the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

We need your help to ensure our waterways remain undamaged! This webinar will cover how to monitor pipeline construction and report pollution using the Stream Watch App. Register now for the Pipeline Visual Assessment Training and be part of our effort to safeguard our waterways.

Successful Water Quality Monitoring Training in Wardensville

Image of volunteers standing along a creek in Wardensville, WV during a water quality monitor training.

Earlier this month, West Virginia Rivers hosted a water quality monitoring training in Wardensville, WV in response to community members’ concerns about potential impacts from Corridor H construction. The training was small and mighty!

Volunteers practiced visual and water quality monitoring and scoped out sites along Trout Run, Waites Run, and Slate Rock Run.

If you are interested in contributing to the baseline monitoring effort this year, please reach out to Jenna Dodson at jdodson@wvrivers.org.

Register for the Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference June 29-30!

Our partners in our water quality monitoring program, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), are hosting the Mid Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference this year on June 29-30 in Carlisle, PA.

This conference brings together volunteers, technical experts and agency partners to discuss volunteer monitoring efforts. The two days will include informational sessions and workshops on new monitoring techniques, how data is used, and more. Registration is now open!

Funding is available for lodging and mileage reimbursement to support our volunteer water quality monitors from West Virginia and Virginia to attend.

More information, including the registration link can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Letourneau at letourns@dickinson.edu.

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