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 streams that support trout populations and high quality warmwater fisheries that have 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 identifies erosion and sedimentation impacts that may occur due to pipeline development. Volunteers 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. An online video training is available for our Pipeline Visual Assessment Program.

Learn about Shale Gas Monitoring

Learn about Pipeline Monitoring

Learn about our Pipeline Visual Assessment Program

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 here.

Already a trained water quality monitor?

Download the shale gas monitoring manual.

Download the pipeline monitoring manual.

To request permission to use any of the material in the training manual, contact

Latest monitoring news:

The WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Program is made possible through an award of Environmental Protection Agency’s 319 funding awarded to the West Virginia Rivers Coalition by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and support from the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation.

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