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 conducting workshops, training volunteers on 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 benthic macro-invertebrates and an assessment of the stream’s physiochemical conditions. A stream bioscore is determined by calculating three to six metrics that are used to determine an integrity rating.
Multiple biosurveys provide volunteers with enough information to assess the conditions of their station. By adding more sites, the overall condition of the watershed can be evaluated.