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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.

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]

National Water Quality Monitoring Council recognizes WVWRI and 3RQ

National Water Quality Monitoring Council recognizes WVWRI and 3RQ

June 3rd, 2015

The West Virginia Water Research Institute and Three Rivers QUEST have been recognized for their work in improving the water quality of the Monongahela River by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council. The programs are featured in a success story in the council’s Spring 2015 issue of National Water Monitoring News. The National Water Qu...[Read More]

$350,000 Grant Expands WVWRI Water Quality Monitoring of Mon, Allegheny and Ohio Rivers

$350,000 Grant Expands WVWRI Water Quality Monitoring of Mon, Allegheny and Ohio Rivers

June 3rd, 2015

Morgantown, W.Va. – The West Virginia Water Research Institute, a program of West Virginia University, has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the Colcom Foundation to continue and expand a regional water quality monitoring program called Three Rivers QUEST. The Colcom Foundation, a Pittsburgh-based private foundation dedicated to fostering a sus...[Read More]