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WVU Student-Journalists Use DIY Electronics to Examine Water Quality

Jun 2, 2016
WVU student Jillian Clemente makes sure the sensors are secure before finding a good spot for them to sit on the creek.
Colleen S. Good / WVU Stream Lab Project

With the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, our nation’s drinking water — and what’s in it — has been on everyone’s minds. 


West Virginia has also had its share of issues with contaminated water. While the coal industry helps create jobs in the state, it also creates the potential for another water crisis. 

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship where opening arguments were presented yesterday.  Also sensors have been placed in water bottles that are floating in the Monongahela River in Morgantown to test water quality.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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West Virginia is no stranger to issues surrounding water quality. In recent years, reports on the effects of acid mine drainage and the questioned safety of fracking waste have made headlines.