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Virtual Seminar Series

2021 - 2022

The West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) will host a Virtual Seminar Series from December 2021 through February 2022 to highlight current water research and remediation projects. Each session will feature three presentations pertaining to a particular theme followed by Q&A. Presenters will consist of various WVU researchers and specialists affiliated with WVWRI.

The sessions will be held on the third Thursday of each month from December through February. Each session will take place from 10:00-11:00 AM via Zoom.

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United States Geological Survey Research Projects | 12/16/2021, 10:00-11:00 AM.

Drinking Water Treatment Methods to Reduce Trihalomethanes (THMs): Stephanie Karczewski, WVU

Fine Coal Sediment Transport Analysis Due to Extreme Storm Events: Leslie Hopkinson, Ph.D., WVU

A Collaborative Water Quality Evaluation of Piney Creek, an Important Tributary of the New River Gorge National Park: Matthew Williams, Ph.D., WVU

Check out the recorded session on the WRI YouTube page now!

Revitalization through Remediation: Brownfield Tools that Drive Local Success | 1/20/2022, 10:00-11:00 AM.

This extremely informative session will focus on the expansive range of assistance offered by the Brownfields Assistance Center at WVU, while highlighting specific projects where community groups, such as watershed organizations, play a major role in addressing significant community challenges.


  • Ray Moeller, Economic Redevelopment Specialist, Brownfields Assistance Center at WVU
  • Kelley Flaherty, Executive Director, Save the Tygart Watershed Association

  • Carrie Staton, Director, Brownfields Assistance Center at WVU

Check out the recorded session on the WRI YouTube page now!

Acid Mine Drainage Research and Remediation | 2/17/2022, 10:00-11:00 AM.

Lick Run of the Cheat River: History, Challenges, and Potential Treatment Avenues: Madison Ball, Restoration Program Manager, Friends of the Cheat

AMD Remediation Accomplishments in the Upper Buckhannon River Watershed: Jason Fillhart, Watershed Project Manager, West Virginia Water Research Institute

Analysis of Passive AMD Treatment System Components Over Lifespans, Seasons, and
storms: Jerry Hu, WVU

Check out the recorded session on the WRI YouTube page now!

2020 - 2021

WVWRI hosted a three-part virtual seminar series from December 2020 through February 2021 to share current research and remediation projects with interested outside organizations and the public.

The first session featured three research projects carried out by WVU researchers with funding from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) 104b program. These projects share the common focus of water quality and quantity. Presentations included:

  • Evaluation of Water Allocation Models for West Virginia: Leslie Hopkinson, PhD, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and undergraduate student researchers Hannah Foley, Andrew Hay, Wilson McNeil, and Ethan Wimer
  • West Virginia Water Use Assessment of Federal Datasets: Nicolas Zegre, PhD, Associate Professor of Forest Hydrology, Mountain Hydrology Laboratory, and Eric Sjostedt, Graduate Research Assistant, Mountain Hydrology Laboratory
  • Bromide, Chloride, Sulfate, and TDS Trends in the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers: Joseph Kingsbury, Graduate Research Assistant, WV Water Research Institute

The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC) provided an overview of its programs and highlighted key projects in the second session. NBAC, housed within WVWRI, serves to assist communities in assessing, cleaning up, and redeveloping contaminated sites. This session provided introductory information for those interested in restoring a brownfield or dilapidated building in their community. NBAC speakers included:

  • Carrie Staton, Interim Director, NBAC
  • Nicole Dias, Project Associate, NBAC
  • Ray Moeller, Economic Redevelopment Specialist, NBAC

The third and final session was dedicated to acid mine drainage (AMD) research and remediation. Projects included current and anticipated recipients of USGS 104b funding, as well as remediation efforts carried out through the National Mine Land Reclamation Center, a program of WVWRI. Presentations included:

  • Monitoring Fecal Coliforms and E. Coli in Watersheds Impacted by Acid Mine Drainage: Emily Garner, PhD, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Claire McDonald, M.S. Student in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Lambert Run Watershed Restoration: Sarah Cayton, Program Manager, National Mine Lands Reclamation Center, WV Water Research Institute
  • Deckers Creek Passive Treatment Evaluation over Lifespans, Seasons, and Storms: Christopher Russoniello, PhD, Professor of Geology and Geography, and Brian Hurley, Executive Director, Friends of Deckers Creek

This series was an excellent opportunity for researchers, students, and remediation specialists to share their work. Participants gained new understanding and opportunities for collaboration. To view recordings of the presentations, click on the links above.