May 8, 2015 by NRCCE News
Morgantown, W.Va. – The West Virginia Water Research Institute and Three Rivers QUEST have been recognized for their work in improving the water quality of the Monongahela River by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council.
The programs are featured in a success story in the council’s Spring 2015 issue of National Water Monitoring News.
The National Water Quality Monitoring Council brings together scientists, managers, and citizens to ensure information about the quality of U.S. water resources is accurate, reliable and comparable.
The newsletter highlighted the program implemented by WVWRI and 3RQ to improve the Mon River.
In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) declared the Monongahela River impaired for potable water use due to the presence of sulfate salts.
A plan, spearheaded by WVWRI, combined water science with stakeholder collaboration, sought to restore the river in less time than the traditional regulatory process. 3RQ provided the data necessary for the improvement plan, as well as the statistics of its success.
By 2010, the plan was in effect and sulfate concentrations in the Monongahela River began to decrease. As a result, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved PADEP’s decision to remove the Mon from the “impaired for potable water use” listing in late 2014.
CONTACT: Melissa O’Neal; Three Rivers QUEST
The West Virginia Water Research Institute and Three Rivers QUEST are programs of the WVU National Research Center for Coal and Energy.