WV Save Our Streams


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 physiochemical conditions.  A score is determined by calculating three to six metrics that are used to determine a biological 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.

For more information write to Save Our Streams at, 1159 Nick Rahall Greenway, Fayetteville WV 25840, email the Coordinator or call (304) 574-4465 x 1710.  Review the information below to learn more.
Stream Monitoring Workshops  
Standard Operating Procedures   
Stream Calculations
Survey Data Sheets   
Benthic Macroinvertebrate Resources   
Overview of Water Quality  
US EPA's Volunteer Monitoring Manual
Volunteer Assessment Database (VAD) 
Program Reports and Special Projects 
Hands-on Experiments to Learn About AMD  
Writing Your Monitoring Plan    
West Virginia Watersheds   
What are Riparian Buffers?
Guide to WV Wetlands and Riparian Flora
Fishes of West Virginia  
Watershed Education Resources   
Note: If your organization decides to complete independent surveys that include aquatic collections, you must apply for and receive a Scientific Collection Permit from the WVDNR [§20-2-50].  Click-Here to view an example of the SOS permit.


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