Since 2003, the Friends of the Shenandoah River have consistently provided quality water monitoring data to DEQ. ....FOSR provides nearly the same list of routinely monitored parameters sampled by DEQ ....adheres to the same quality assurance standards DEQ practices.
....the data provided by FOSR has allowed DEQ to expand its monitoring coverage of the State as required by the Clean Water Act. ....FOSR provided water quality data covering 873 stream miles. ....these data represent roughly 20% of the total stream miles monitored by citizen volunteers from 2005 to 2010.
....With their support, we can enhance the pool of quality data available in the watershed to strengthen our protection of these highly valued waters. On behalf of the Citizens of the Commonwealth, we extend our appreciation.
Arthur J. Butt, PhD—Water Quality Monitoring & Assessment, Water Division VA Department of Environmental Protection
Friendly damselfly stopped to watch me collect the water sample at Raymond R. “Andy” Guest, Jr. Shenandoah River State Park in Warren County.