WV Save Our Streams

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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 is the collection and evaluation of the BMI community, and an assessment of the physiochemical conditions. A biological 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.

COVID-19 Information

Citizen monitoring groups should follow state/local guidance for monitoring activities, and adhere to CDC guidelines for social distancing and PPE. See the link below for information from WVDEP’s Watershed Assessment Branch (WAB).

Contact Us

Callie Cronin Sams, Program Coordinator
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
47 School Street, Suite 301, Philippi WV 26416
Phone: (304) 341-6095
Email: Callie.C.Sams@wv.gov

  • Stream monitoring workshopsNeed-to-know information about scheduling, studying for and what to expect during a stream monitoring workshop.

  • Survey data sheetsDescriptions of the levels and types of survey data sheets available.

  • Stream calculationsA variety of tools and resources to help volunteers evaluate and better understand stream integrity.

  • USEPA's Volunteer Monitoring ManualThis was one of the original manuals written to provide a better understanding of the concepts and procedures needed to evaluate the conditions of streams and rivers. Although dated it still provides valuable information.
  • Reports and special projectsListed here are select projects and reports where WV Save Our Streams Program played the lead or active role.
  • West Virginia WatershedsWhat is a watershed? How is it defined? The answers to these questions and more are provided.

  • Hands-on AMD experimentsEach experiment includes a list of tools and things you will need and provides directions on what to do. You will also be asked to record what you see and what you conclude. The focus is acid mine drainage (AMD).

Note: If your organization decides to complete independent surveys that include aquatic collections, you must apply for and receive a Scientific Collection Permit (SCP) from the WVDNR [§20-2-50]. See link below to view an example of the SOS permit.