On a balmy 70 degree December day in downtown Pittsburgh, the 3RQ project officially launched! Check out the video below to learn more about the 3RQ project and to hear from several of the 3RQ partners.
Pictures from the Dec. 4th, 2012 3RQ Event
More Water Quality Parameters, Visual Assessment Data, and More!
Knowing the importance of volunteer collected data, the West Virginia Water Research Institute set out to develop a truly secure and scalable database that volunteer organizations could use, not only their participation in the 3RQ program, but also for their own water quality data management needs.
The original QUEST Data Management Tool allowed for the capture of three water quality parameters – pH, conductivity, and water temperature. The NEW and IMPROVED QUEST Data Management Tools will allow for the collection of various field parameters as well as chemical parameters.
In addition to these already implemented updates, several other improvements are also in the works. Namely, a Visual Assessment Tool that and the ability to upload data logger data.
Anticipated incorporation of these additional components will be in the coming months, with a target release date of Spring 2013.
Input from watershed groups is certainly appreciated, so If your group is interested in discussing the QUEST Data Management Tool’s capabilities for managing data logger data, or your curious to see the Visual Assessment Tool, contact:
3RQ Program Manager Melissa O’Neal for more information.
To Jason Fillhart, an Environmental Specialist at the West Virginia Water Research Institute, a day in the field, even when temperatures are approaching freezing, is better than a day in the office.
During the week Nov. 5th, Jason and 3RQ Volunteer Coordinator Glenn Waldron headed into the field to conduct the second round of free water sampling with subsequent lab analysis on behalf of QUEST Volunteer Organizations in the Monongahela River Basin. The free service will provide a much more in-depth look at water quality at sites watershed groups are monitoring on a regular basis as part of the 3 Rivers QUEST program.
“The best part about providing this resource is that it is free to any participating group,” said Waldron. “For volunteer organizations, sending samples to the lab can be very expensive, so it is another way for us (WVWRI) to show our support of their monitoring efforts.”
In total, 35 samples (and counting) were collected and sent off to the lab for analysis during this round of sampling. Numerous groups participated including:
- Whiteday Creek Watershed Association
- Harry Enstrom Chapter of Izaak Walton League (PA)
- Greene County Watershed Alliance
- Pikes Run Watershed Association
- Save the Tygart Watershed Association
- Guardians of the West Fork
- Ten Mile Creek Watershed Association
- Peters Creek Watershed Association
- Youghiogheny River Watershed Association
The next round of sampling will be taking place in the coming months. If you watershed group is interested in learning how to get involved with the 3RQ program, contact us!