What is 3 Rivers QUEST?

QUEST, or Quality Useful Environmental Study Teams is a water quality monitoring and reporting program that includes two distinct, yet collaborative approaches to collecting water quality data and information:

QUEST Research Partners – Led by the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University,  this component of the QUEST program includes a regimented program of bi-weekly collected water quality sampling.   Sampling takes place on the mainstem of the 3 rivers included in the project (Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio) and includes a full detailed laboratory analysis of the samples.  This detailed water chemistry and flow information is used to determine the loading of Total Dissolved Solids and other parameters.

QUEST Volunteer Organizations – In each region, there are also QUEST Volunteer Organizations involved in the project!  This is a coordinated effort of grassroots organizations such as watershed associations and individuals that contribute to the collection of important water quality data.  QUEST Volunteer Organizations collect, at a minimum, data on conductivity, pH and water temperature.  These QUEST Volunteer Organizations help contribute to the data set and help provide a better overall picture of the health of three rivers basins (Monongahela, Allegheny, and Upper Ohio).

Geographical Scope – The 3 Rivers QUEST project covers 3 river basins:  Allegheny, Monongahela, and Upper Ohio.  The map below shows both the scope of the project and details the various watersheds that each region will be covering.