- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A program developed by Trout Unlimited is seeking volunteers to monitor West Virginia streams.

Trout Unlimited works with the state and the West Virginia Rivers Coalition to train volunteers to detect and alert authorities to potential pollution events, as well as collect data.

Organizers of the monitoring program say the monitoring is especially critical with shale gas activity on the rise and its potential impact on water.

Sensitive cold water streams that are home to eastern brook trout get priority attention.

To date, the program has trained 107 volunteers who monitor 90 different streams.

The training session is Jan. 24 at West Virginia University in Morgantown. To learn more, call 304-637-7201.

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