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    Grants Available to Establish, Expand Water Quality Monitoring in Area

    Groups in the Southern Allegheny River Basin interested in establishing or expanding water quality monitoring activities are invited to apply for grants available through the 3 Rivers Quest Program.

    Applications for grants of up to $7,000 are due on Friday, March 15, to Dr. Stan Kabala, associate director of Duquesne University's Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE) and principal investigator of a grant to monitor the quality of rivers in Allegheny and six other counties.

    This effort is part of a larger initiative through West Virginia University's West Virginia Water Research Institute that is examining water quality in the Southern Allegheny River Basin as well as the Monongahela, Upper Ohio and Northern Allegheny river basins. Each region has been allotted $40,000 to provide to local organizations.

    The 3 Rivers Quest, a regional water quality monitoring and reporting program, is funded by the Pittsburgh-based Colcom Foundation. Partners besides Duquesne and West Virginia University include Wheeling Jesuit University and the Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

    Kabala can be contacted at 412.396.4233 or kabala@duq.edu. More information on the entire program and proposal process is available at www.3RiversQuest.org.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.