WV Save Our Streams


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: Citizen monitoring groups should follow state/local guidance for monitoring activities, and adhere to CDC guidelines for social distancing and PPE. Click-Here for information from WVDEP’s Watershed Assessment Branch. Questions? Email Tim Craddock.
To learn more about WV Save Our Streams review the selections below. 
Stream monitoring workshops  
Standard operating procedures   
Survey data sheets and Stream calculations
Benthic macroinvertebrates - BMIs    
Overview of water quality  
Writing your monitoring study design     
Volunteer Assessment Database (VAD)  
USEPA's Volunteer Monitoring Manual 
Reports and special projects 
West Virginia watersheds    
Hands-on experiments for AMD  
Guide to WV wetlands and riparian flora
Fishes of West Virginia  
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.