Volunteer Pipeline Visual Assessment Program

Learn how to detect and report water quality impacts from natural gas pipelines.

The WV/VA Pipeline Visual Assessment Program was developed by Trout Unlimited and West Virginia Rivers Coalition to support and train volunteer citizen observers to identify, document and report pollution incidents associated with large-scale pipeline development.

Through a free video training, volunteers will learn about erosion control best management practices used in pipeline development, specific examples of pollution to look for, and how to best document those problems.

How the Pipeline Visual Assessment Program Works

Pollution reports submitted to TU and WV Rivers through this program will undergo an internal review. For significant incidents, TU and WV Rivers will submit information to the responsible regulatory agency and work with our volunteers and partners to collect additional water quality and visual information as needed. We will track agency response and relay that information to our volunteer network.

Get Involved! Watch the Visual Assessment Program training videos here and start reporting water quality problems.

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