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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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  • Drinking Water Testing Program

    IWSS Senior Research Specialist Susan Hickman loads the ICP auto-sampler to test for heavy metals in water samples.

    The goal of the Drinking Water Testing Program is to support the development of a drinking water testing and community outreach initiative that includes free drinking water testing and public outreach regarding the importance of drinking water quality testing for human well-being and security

  • 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.

Tray of water quality samples ready to load into the Thermofisher ICP 7400.

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The IWSS provides a point of coordination for the more than 50 WVU faculty members engaged in water related projects.

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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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