The mission of WV Save Our Streams (SOS) 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 biosurvey approach is the preferred method of stream study, and is the focus of most (but not all) workshops. A biosurvey includes the collection and evaluation of benthic macroinvertebrates and an assessment of the physiochemical conditions. An overall integrity score and rating is determined by calculating three to six metrics, depending upon the survey level. 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.