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Ongoing Monitoring

For over 20 years, Friends has been involved in monitoring various water quality parameters on the North Fork of the Shenandoah. Most recently our organization has focused on special research projects, including trace organics and e.coli.

Long-term, on-going monitoring for nutrients is the work of our sister organization, Friends of the Shenandoah River (FOSR).  Water samples collected by trained volunteer monitors are taken to the FOSR lab, located at Shenandoah University in Winchester, whose methods and procedures are certified by the Department of Environmental Quality. The water samples go through a rigorous analysis along with samples from throughout the Shenandoah River watershed in Virginia, which encompasses all or part of Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Page, Warren, Frederick and Clarke counties.  The resultant data is available at

Virginia Save Our Streams  helps train volunteer monitors looking at benthic macroinvertebrates. It is a program of the Izaak Walton League of America.