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
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.
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).
Callie Cronin Sams, Program Coordinator
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
47 School Street, Suite 301, Philippi WV 26416
Phone: (304) 341-6095
- Stream monitoring workshops: Need-to-know information
about scheduling, studying for and what to expect during a stream monitoring
- Stream calculations: A variety of tools and
resources to help volunteers evaluate and better understand stream integrity.
- USEPA's Volunteer Monitoring Manual: This 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.
AMD experiments: Each 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.