Led by the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University, 3RQ Research Partners conduct monthly sampling to monitor the water quality of the three rivers basin, analyze long-term trends, and provide a valuable baseline dataset. Sampling takes place on the mainstem and mouths of major tributaries of the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio rivers and includes a full detailed laboratory analysis of the samples. This detailed water chemistry and flow information is used to determine the loadings of Total Dissolved Solids and other parameters.
West Virginia Water Research Institute
Current: Rachel Spirnak, Eliza Siefert
Former: Sarah Cayton, Benjamin Mack, Benjamin Pursglove, Aaron Beam, Chance Chapman, Dave Saville, Glenn Waldron
Current: Joseph Kingsbury
Former: Maddie Cogar, Alison Anderson, Zac Zacavish
Current: Adam Gratton
Former: Jude Platz, Loren Gormley, Joshua Ash, Jason Eulberg, Cullen Platz, Reva Dickson, Elizabeth D’Amico, Anthony DiAmario, Kaylynn Kotlar, Ashley Tyler
RedHorse Environmental, LLC (PA)
Current: Riley Williams
Former: Maria Nagle, Lauren Drumm, Oliver Dugas, Emily Day, Emily Valentine, Maria Wheeler-Dubas, Rob Dubas, Josie Harsh, Kim Bischof, Luke Scherer
Student M.S. thesis research based at least in part on 3RQ data:
Emily (Mashuda) Day, June 2016. Analysis of the water quality of the Kiskiminetas River system and its impacts on the Allegheny River, Pennsylvania. M.S. Thesis, Center for Environmental Research & Education, Duquesne University. https://dsc.duq.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1100&context=etd.
Selina Prettner, July 2019. A study of chloride levels in Pine Creek, Allegheny County, PA. M.S. Thesis, Center for Environmental Research & Education, Duquesne University.
Riley Williams, In progress. Working Title: Investigations of water quality imparement in the Little Buffalo Creek watershed, Butler County, PA. M.S. Thesis, Center for Environmental Research & Education, Duquesne University.
Katherine Stupar, In progress. Working Title: Assessment of water quality in Crooked Creek, Armstrong County, PA using fish surveys and water chemistry. M.S. Thesis, Center for Environmental Research & Education, Duquesne University.
West Liberty University
Benjamin Stout III
Wheeling Jesuit University
Abigail O'Connor, Garrett Hoover
Emily Huff, Elizabeth Cika