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WATER IS THE BASIS
OF LIFE ON EARTH.

Water issues underlie everything in the natural world, from quality of life and health to economics, politics and culture. Water is common ground for all disciplines. Recognizing its elemental importance to our world, nation and state, West Virginia University founded the Institute of Water Security and Science to promote stewardship of water resources.

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Programs

  • West Run Experimental Watershed

    West Run Watershed

    West Run Watershed in Morgantown, WV, which spans an urban to forested interface, is the setting for a research and academic watershed study to investigate the impacts of multiple land use/cover changes on hydroclimate, water quality, biogeochemistry, human health and socioeconomics in a contemporary watershed. The experimental watershed study design implemented in the watershed provides a data-rich environment for collaboration with all IWSS-affiliated researchers interested in advancing scientific understanding and management of water resources.

  • WVU Reymann Memorial Farm

    Reymann Memorial Farm

    The Reymann Memorial Farm, located in Wardensville, WV, was gifted to West Virginia University in 1917 by the Reymann family of Wheeling, WV. The farm includes approximately 990 acres separated into two sections by a narrow strip of privately-owned land.

  • WVU J.W. Ruby Research Farm

    WVU Reedsville Farm

    The Farm provides a regional gathering place for horse pulls, cattle shows, and community events. A partnership was formed with the IWSS and the IHL in order to provide hydrologic, climate, and water quality monitoring during riparian restoration implementation planned in the near future on the farm.

IWSS Senior Research Specialist Susan Hickman loads samples into the Thermofisher ICP 7400.

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Research Assistant Zach Heck calibrates a handheld multiparameter meter before testing water quality samples in the West Run Watershed.

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