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 stream’s physiochemical conditions.  A stream bioscore is determined by calculating three to six metrics that are used to determine an integrity rating.

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 WVDEP's Save Our Streams Program, 601 57th Street, SE, Charleston, WV 25304; contact the Coordinator or call (304) 926-0499 x 1710.  To learn more review the information provided below.
Stream Monitoring Workshops  
Standard Operating Procedures   
Stream Calculations
Survey Data Sheets   
Benthic Macroinvertebrate Resources   
Overview of Water Quality  
Volunteer Monitoring Manual
Volunteer Assessment Database (VAD) 
Program Reports and Special Projects 
Hands-on Experiments to Learn About AMD  
Guidelines for Writing Your Monitoring Plan    
West Virginia Watersheds   
What are Riparian Buffers?
Guide to WV Wetlands and Riparian Flora
Fishes of West Virginia  
2015 Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference  
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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