Mon River Quest isn’t the name of an upcoming Indiana Jones movie; it isn’t a board game you can find in the local toy store; and it isn’t the name of some kind of river geography quiz. Mon River Quest is a major West Virginia University -based initiative that is empowering hundreds of volunteers in an effort to keep an eye on thousands of miles of Monongahela River tributary streams so that any detected irregularities can be quickly monitored, traced and alleviated.
Many of us have seen or heard about the YouTube video where the homeowner turns on his faucet and out comes water and fire. Did shale drilling and fracking cause that? What are the risks of shale gas development? How about the benefits? West Virginia Water Research Institute Director Paul Ziemkiewicz and his colleagues at West Virginia University have been conducting research about the environmental effects of the new gas well development occurring throughout northern and central Appalachia.
Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz discusses the importance of clean water in West Virginia on WAJR’s “Talk of the Town” and how it might be even more valuable than any of the mineral resources within the next few years.
To keep up with the latest technology, increase functionality and to allow the Mon River QUEST program to grow and expand, we are very excited to launch a new, interactive data map! Using programming from ESRI’s ArcGIS Explorer, this site will be better able to display data in a manner that provides users with the ability to visualize the water quality of the Monongahela River at given locations or times.