- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) - A water monitoring project developed by Trout Unlimited is seeking volunteers to monitor West Virginia streams.

The West Virginia and Virginia Water Quality Monitoring project says the volunteers are being recruited amid concerns about increased shale gas development and its potential impact on water quality.

The program trains volunteers to detect and alert authorities to potential pollution. Volunteers also collect baseline data in watersheds with the potential to see shale gas development in the future.

Sensitive cold water streams that are home unique aquatic life such as the eastern brook trout are a top priority.

To date the monitoring program has trained 170 volunteers.

The next training for interested volunteers will be on March 14 in Elkins. Call 304-637-7201 to learn more.

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