Listed here are select projects and reports where WV Save Our Streams Program played the lead or active role.
WV Save Our Streams Activities
2012-2017 summary report of SOS Program activities.
The Conditions of Our Waters: Citizens
The West Virginia Save Our Streams Program's major goal is to improve and protect the water quality
of the rivers and streams of our state. Two primary and equal objectives are used to accomplish this
Elkhorn Creek Diesel Spill Study
Elkhorn Creek has not been flowing in a truly natural stream channel since serious coal mining
started in the region. The stream was moved in many stretches to accommodate roads, railroads,
houses, towns and coal mines. In several stretches one or both banks ofthe stream is a rock wall, a
concrete wall, a timber crib wall, or a railroad embankment consisting of rock, gravel and other
materials. In many sections the stream bank is a gob pile and coal fines are piled everywhere.
Geomorphic Assessment of Upper
Upper Glade Run is a rather unique system due to the hydrologic influences exerted by the two-acre
lake at its headwaters. This lake was built more than 50 years ago for recreational purposes but in
many ways has behaved as a flood control structure for most of the watershed.
Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors
In 2004, The Mountain Institute (TMI) received funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) to implement a watershed education project involving students and educators
who live in West Virginia's Potomac River watershed. As part of a broader effort to educate the
public about the compromised and increasingly stressed health of the Chesapeake Bay and its
headwaters, Potomac Stream Samplers was designed by TMI to raise awareness of the connection between
regions within the Potomac River drainage and the Bay itself.
How West Virginia State Agencies Use
Informational poster relating how volunteer data is used.
Statewide Water Quality
This report provides an analysis of water quality data collected at 313 sites, from 2010 – 2015.
Hydromorphological Characterization of the Piney Creek Watershed
In this study, information was collected regarding the habitat condition, channel profile, and discharge of key waterways within the Piney Creek watershed.