3 Rivers QUEST

Allegheny River
Monongahela River
Ohio River

What is the 3 Rivers QUEST?

Water: it is one of our most precious and vital resources. It is essential for life and our economic prosperity. Yet, so many of the activities that keep our economy alive and growing, also threaten our water resources.

Here at the West Virginia Water Research Institute, we understand how essential clean water is to our way of life. We work to establish programs and new initiatives that help to develop new technologies, and inform policy, to keep our water protected. It is this dedication to clean water that was the catalyst for the comprehensive water quality monitoring and reporting program we call Three Rivers QUEST (3RQ).

The 3RQ project monitors rivers, tributaries and headwater steams that drain an area of over 25,000 square miles in five states. It calls on both researchers and citizen-based groups to collect important water quality information and displays the resultant data right here on this website to provide the public, researchers, federal and state agencies, and industry alike with timely and accurate information as it pertains to the overall health of our local rivers and streams.

PADEP to Test Water at Beth-Center Schools Following Preliminary WVU Report

PADEP to Test Water at Beth-Center Schools Following Preliminary WVU Report

February 2nd, 2016

DEEMSTON – The state [Pennsylvania] Department of Environmental Protection will test the water supply to Bethlehem-Center School District next week on the heels of a preliminary report from a university that shows the supply has elevated levels of cancer-causing chemicals. West Virginia University Water Research Institute, which performed the wa...[Read More]

Survey: Allegheny River water quality holds steady

Survey: Allegheny River water quality holds steady

September 14th, 2015

Water quality is holding steady on the Allegheny River even though Marcellus shale drilling waste water and other river contaminants linger, according to one of the most comprehensive water surveys in the region. However, all the news is not good: water from a creek in Indiana County that eventually drains into the Allegheny River via the Kiski ...[Read More]

Additional WVU testing confirms acceptable levels of radioactivity in drinking water at Clyde Mine

Additional WVU testing confirms acceptable levels of radioactivity in drinking water at Clyde Mine

August 27th, 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Additional testing by the West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) at Clyde Mine on Tenmile Creek shows acceptable radium levels in drinking water. Tenmile Creek is the primary watershed within Greene County Pennsylvania, passing through Waynesburg before joining the Monongahela River in Clarksville, Pennsylvania. “We l...[Read More]

WVWRI Welcomes New Environmental Scientist

WVWRI Welcomes New Environmental Scientist

August 17th, 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) is pleased to announce that Chance Chapman has joined its team as its new Environmental Scientist. The WVWRI is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University. Chapman, a West Virginia native, earned his undergraduate degree in Natural ...[Read More]

Recent Water Quality Testing of Tenmile Creek Shows Radium Levels Well Below U.S. EPA Drinking Water Standards