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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.

Convergence at the Confluence Recap, News Articles, and Photos

Convergence at the Confluence Recap, News Articles, and Photos

August 13th, 2014

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – (Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014) – The 3 Rivers QUEST (3RQ), a program of the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University, hosted the Convergence at the Confluence Conference in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Monday, Aug. 11.  The conference, funded by the Colcom Foundation, brought together those involved...[Read More]

WV Watershed Network Meeting Presentation - John King, WV DEP

WV Watershed Network Meeting Presentation - John King, WV DEP

April 28th, 2014

John King, Environmental Resources Analyst with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, recently presented at a West Virginia Watershed Network meeting about how to research, document, and report environmental issues in the state of West Virginia. Below is the link to the presentation, which should prove to be a valuable resource...[Read More]

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]