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Hydrogeology Research Center

The Hydrogeology Research Center is a joint laboratory for hydrogeology between the Eberly College of Arts and Science and the WV Water Research Institute on the WVU Campus in Morgantown. Its focus is on applied water research problems related to mining, water availability, and groundwater contamination within West Virginia and the mid-Appalachian region. The HRC staff are faculty, research associates, and graduate students based in the WVU Department of Geology and Geography. The HRC Director is Joe Donovan.


Mine Hydrology Studies:

Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia map

Karst Hydrogeological Studies:  There are abundant water resources in West Virginia’s Eastern panhandle. This region includes the Appalachian Great Valley in the East and the Ridge and Valley Province of the Appalachians in the West. The entire area is characterized by folded sedimentary rocks. While water has always been plentiful in this region, recent droughts and “rural sprawl” from the Eastern Seaboard require that aquifer potential be evaluated and optimized, while protecting groundwater quality from the effects of development.

  Karst water source map

Joe Donovan

Contact:  Joseph Donovan, Director


Telephone:  304.293.9803