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The West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University is offering local watershed groups in four regions that make up its 3 Rivers Quest Program up to $7,000 through a small grants program.

A total of $160,000 in funding is available for eligible applicants from throughout the 3RQ project regions, which include the Monongahela River Basin, the Upper Ohio River Basin, the Northern Allegheny River Basin and the Southern Allegheny River Basin.

Each region has been allotted up to $40,000 with a $7,000 limit for each applicant. The small grants program aims to help local watershed groups develop or expand their water quality monitoring activities.

"We realize that those involved in water quality monitoring are at varying stages as it pertains to their program," said 3RQ Program Manager Melissa O'Neal. "It is our hope that these grants will help get a monitoring program started or help further the efforts of a more established group."

3RQ is a regional water quality monitoring and reporting program is funded by the Pittsburgh-based Colcom Foundation. Program partners include Duquesne University, Wheeling Jesuit University and the Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Proposals must be submitted to the corresponding 3RQ partner in the region in which they are engaged in water quality monitoring. The 3RQ grant program deadline is March 15.

The 3 Rivers QUEST regions and corresponding contacts for proposal submissions are:

  • Monongahela River Basin: West Virginia Water Research Institute, contact Melissa O'Neal at (304) 293-7006 or Melissa.O'Neal@mail.wvu.edu;
  • Upper Ohio River Basin: Wheeling Jesuit University, contact Benjamin Stout at (304) 243-2316 or bens@wju.edu;
  • Northern Allegheny River Basin:  Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited, contact Bruce Dickson at (814) 227-9126 or bcdickson95@gmail.com; and
  • Southern Allegheny River Basin: Duquesne University, contact Stanley Kabala at (412) 396-4233 or kabala@duq.edu.

For more information about the 3 Rivers QUEST grant program or how to submit a proposal, see www.3RiversQUEST.org.