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.