Volunteer Citizen Water Monitors take water samples at designated sampling sites from Port Republic, VA, to Harper’s Ferry, WV, twice per month. These samples are analyzed in our laboratory and problems are reported to the proper authorities. Data are being collected to help characterize the river and track its progress. The volunteer citizen water monitors donate their time and energy to support this extensive effort and to help protect and restore the aquatic environment of the Shenandoah River. Volunteers are given a “Honorary” membership to the FOSR for their dedication.
Our laboratory, located at Shenandoah University, analyzes water samples taken on a bi-weekly basis at chosen sampling sites along the South and North Forks and Main Stem of the Shenandoah River. The scientifically proven testing procedures implemented at our laboratory assures that quality data are being compiled.