Environmental Quality Institute

WHAT THEY DO: Since 1990, EQI and our volunteers have monitored water quality in WNC streams and lakes. Data from our VWIN and SMIE programs provide current and trend conditions at over 175 sites in the region. We partner with local governments and nonprofits to identify waterways in need of protection and restoration and to justify grants for water-quality improvements.


  • Gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 by EQI’s Board of Directors.


  • Donors of $30 or more will receive an EQI T-shirt.
  • Donors of $75 or more will receive a Stream Exploration Package, which includes a laminated invertebrate guide, forceps, magnifying glass and EQI T-shirt.


  • Donors of $100 or more will be entered into two drawings for a Patagonia Guidewater backpack and a Patagonia Atom sling bag.
It has been my pleasure to work with the good folks at EQI for a decade. We all love rivers and want to be able to support effective programs that promote clean-water initiatives. In my opinion, the best way to do that is to get people in the streams of Western N.C. and to teach them how streams work. They have been collecting data for over 31 years and documenting how the quality of our streams has changed. ...There is no other program that’s even close to this.
—David Penrose, entomologist, past president of the Society for Freshwater Science
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