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.Subscribe to our Newsletter
The Appalachian Freshwater Initiative consists of a statewide research team of biologists, ecologists, environmental engineers and scientists, chemists and geologists focused on understanding and detecting the ecological and biological effects of contaminants in water under varying climate change scenarios.
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.
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.
A collaboration between the West Virginia Conservation Agency, the Monongahela Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and West Virginia University will result in improved safety for local residents, real savings for some Preston County water customers and research for faculty and students.
Researchers at West Virginia University are developing cutting-edge research methods using drone technology that could revolutionize the way resource managers monitor human land-use impacts on stream ecosystems.
Using help from West Virginia University experts, the Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership School, and the Morgantown Learning Academy have provided a solution to a current water resource problem. Students are reclaiming a flooded area of the academy’s garden and have built a pond.
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The IWSS provides a point of coordination for the more than 50 WVU faculty members engaged in water related projects.Join the Network
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