The mission of WV Save Our Streams is to promote the preservation and restoration of our state's waters by providing an understanding of their ecological integrity. This mission is accomplished by training volunteers how to monitor their local wadeable streams and rivers.
The program uses a biosurvey approach to stream study, which includes the collection and evaluation of macroinvertebrates and an assessment of the stream’s physiochemical conditions. Also, a stream score is determined by calculating three to six metrics, which are used to assign an integrity rating to the station.
Multiple biosurveys provides volunteers with enough information to asses the conditions of their station. By adding more sites, the overall condition of the watershed can be evaluated.