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 includes the collection and evaluation of benthic macroinvertebrates and an assessment of the physiochemical conditions.  An overall 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.

For more information write to SOS at 1159 Nick Rahall Greenway, Fayetteville WV 25840, email the Coordinator, or call the office 304-574-4465 or mobile 304-545-1891 phone line.  Review the information below to learn more.
Stream monitoring workshops  
Standard operating procedures   
Stream calculations
Survey data sheets   
Benthic macroinvertebrate resources   
Overview of water quality  
US EPA's Volunteer Monitoring Manual
Volunteer Assessment Database (VAD) 
Reports and special projects 
Hands-on experiments for AMD  
Writing your monitoring study design    
West Virginia watersheds   
What are riparian buffers?
Guide to WV wetlands and riparian flora
Fishes of West Virginia  
Watershed education resources   
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.