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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.

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
Wheeling Jesuit University Biology Team To Assist WVU In $350,000 Water Monitoring Quality Study

Wheeling Jesuit University Biology Team To Assist WVU In $350,000 Water Monitoring Quality Study

June 23rd, 2015

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Wheeling Jesuit University biology students, along with Professor Dr. Ben Stout, will assist the West Virginia Water Research Institute and West Virginia University with a $350,000 grant to expand a regional water quality monitoring program called Three Rivers QUEST. The Colcom Foundation, a Pittsburgh-based private founda...[Read More]

New Report Finds Little Fracking Pollution in Monongahela River

New Report Finds Little Fracking Pollution in Monongahela River

June 8th, 2015

MORGANTOWN – A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that changes in the quality of water in the Monongahela River are minimal, despite 8 years of steady oil and gas drilling in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Most contaminants found in groundwater during this survey were attributed to coal mining, not gas extraction. According to a loca...[Read More]