Water Research Institute Funding Regional Water Quality Efforts
The State Journal
24 February 2013
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
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
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
"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
Monongahela River Basin: West Virginia Water
Research Institute, contact Melissa O'Neal at (304) 293-7006 or
Upper Ohio River Basin: Wheeling Jesuit
University, contact Benjamin Stout at (304) 243-2316 or
Northern Allegheny River Basin: Iron
Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited, contact Bruce Dickson at (814)
227-9126 or firstname.lastname@example.org; and
Southern Allegheny River Basin: Duquesne
University, contact Stanley Kabala at (412) 396-4233 or
For more information about the 3 Rivers QUEST grant program or how
to submit a proposal, see www.3RiversQUEST.org.