Three Rivers QUEST –Managing and Displaying Water Quality Data throughout the Upper Ohio River Basin.

Track 5B: Networks and Partnerships with a Focus on Water Research
Friday, October 13, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Melissa O’Neal
Project Manager
West Virginia Water Research Institute

The West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI), a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University, has been actively researching water related issues since 1967. When municipal water authorities were puzzled by the sudden increase of total dissolved solids (TDS) in late 2008, it was in the interest of WVWRI to find out what might be causing the changes in the water chemistry of the Monongahela River. While numerous programs exist that monitor water quality, the data collected was either too sporadic or the studies did not include TDS. In response to the need for TDS data, WVWRI began a project in 2009 known as the Mon River QUEST. The project, funded by the USGS and WVWRI, has since won a Regional IMPACT Award by the National Institutes for Water Resources. In 2011, thanks to funding by the Colcom Foundation, the program expanded to include areas surrounding the Monongahela River, Allegheny River, and Ohio River – now called the Three Rivers QUEST (3RQ). Collectively, with the data input from grass-roots water monitoring organizations, 3RQ continues to manage data collected throughout the Upper Ohio River Basin.