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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.

Second Annual Banquet for Washington County Watershed Alliance

Second Annual Banquet for Washington County Watershed Alliance

February 20th, 2014

The Washington County Watershed Alliance will be hosting their 2nd Annual Meeting and Banquet on Wednesday, March 19.  The event will be held at Julian's in Washington, PA. The meeting, with a banquet dinner, is held to provide members of the Alliance and Watershed Associations the opportunity to socialize and network.  Members will also get to en...[Read More]

3RQ Presentation from the Facing the Challenges Conference NOW Available

3RQ Presentation from the Facing the Challenges Conference NOW Available

February 6th, 2014

In November of this past year, Duquesne University hosted the Facing the Challenges Conference.  The two-day symposium explored the challenges of unconventional shale gas extraction and featured a number of researchers from throughout the region. Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz presented on behalf of the 3RQ research partners the findings on the effects of s...[Read More]

River Rally in Pittsburgh - Colcom Provides Scholarships for Organizations in Southwestern PA

River Rally in Pittsburgh - Colcom Provides Scholarships for Organizations in Southwestern PA

January 29th, 2014

Date:  05/30/2014 (All day) - 06/02/2014 (All day) City: PittsburghState or Province: Pennsylvania (PA) Organizer: River Network & Waterkeeper Alliance Type: Conference River Rally is the nation’s largest annual gathering of grassroots environmental leaders who are working to...[Read More]

Science at the Grassroots Level - 3RQ Featured in On Tap Magazine

Science at the Grassroots Level - 3RQ Featured in On Tap Magazine

December 30th, 2013

The West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) began collecting detailed water chemistry data for the Monongahela River on a bi-weekly basis starting in 2009.  While the resultant data proved beneficial in determining TDS (total dissolved solids) loadings in the Monongahela River, additional water quality data was needed from the river's tribut...[Read More]

Western Pa. river study finds bromides, chlorides, but no suprises

Western Pa. river study finds bromides, chlorides, but no suprises

December 30th, 2013

The region's most comprehensive, long-term study of water quality turned up the highest concentration of bromides — which are associated with natural gas drilling and coal mining — on the Allegheny and Kiski rivers. The study also found consistently elevated levels of chlorides on Pine Creek in Pittsburgh's North Hills. While these results from t...[Read More]