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
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
Timothy Craddock, Environmental Resources Specialist Supervisor
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water and Waste Management
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499 x43868
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].
See link below to view an
example of the SOS permit.