Posts Tagged ‘West Virginia Water Research Institute’

In the News – 3RQ Program Featured on WBOY Channel 12

Written by Andrew Clay, Monongalia and Preston County Reporter on . Posted in Uncategorized Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather


A more than half a million dollar grant will fund continued water monitoring in the Monongahela River.

The Pittsburgh based Colcom Foundation awarded WVU’s Water Research Institute (WVWRI) $508,000 grant to continue water testing through the 3 Rivers QUEST, Quality Useful Environmental Study Team.

In 2009, the WVWRI began testing the river since after acid mine drainage threatened the water supply.

The program has grown to include the entire Upper Ohio River Basin, an area covering more than 25,000 square miles and includes the Ohio, Monongahela, and Allegheny rivers.

“I’d like to see this continue to expand. There isn’t another program like this in the United States. For example, any citizen can go online and see what the trends look like,” said WVWRI Director Paul Ziemkiewicz.

The program tests water in 54 locations, and uses hundreds of volunteers to test water at other smaller tributaries associated with the basin.

The results are then posted online for the public to see.

WVWRI research partners include Wheeling Jesuit University, Duquesne University, and the Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

In 2011, Colcom, a foundation dedicated to preserving and creating a sustainable habitat donated more than $1.2 million to WVWRI.

Learn more about the 3 Rivers QUEST Program on its web site.

3RQ Data Management Tool

3RQ Data Management Tool Updates

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Blog

The 3RQ project team is pleased to announce the launch of a new and improved Data Management Tool!  These updates include improved functionality, additional field parameter entry options, lab/chemical parameter entry options, and a new visual appearance.
Here is a closer look at the various updates:


  • A new visual appearance 


3RQ Data Management Tool

  • Added columns
    1. Weather Conditions
    2. Precipitation Type
    3. Air Temperature
    4. Conductivity
    5. Total Dissolved Solids
    6. Surrogate Flow
    7. Water Level
    8. Measured Turbidity
    9. Turbidity Visual Type

Lab Sample

NEW Lab Sample Form










  • Added columns
    1. LAb pH
    2. Lab Conductivity
    3. Lab Alkalinity
    4. Lab Acidity
    5. Bromide
    6. Dissolved Aluminum
    7. Dissolved Calcium
    8. Dissolved Iron
    9. Dissolved Manganese
    10. Chloride
    11. Dissolved Sulfur
    12. Dissolved Sodium
    13. Dissolved Magnesium
    14. Sulfate
    15. Total Suspended Solids
    16. Total Dissolved Solids
    17. Barium
    18. Strontium


We are continually working to enhance the 3RQ Data Management Tool.  Below are some of the things we are working on and hope to implement in the near future:

  • Capture data logger data
  • Excel spreadsheet uploads
  • Group admin privileges (the ability to download your group’s data!)
  • Visual assessment form
  • and more!
We appreciate your patience while we are improving the system and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have questions, please contact Glenn Waldron at or via phone at (304) 293-7085.

3RQ Project Launch Video

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Blog

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.