Virgin Islands Water Quality Education Program

The Virgin Islands Water Quality Education Program (VIWQEP) is funded through the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) at the University of the Virgin Islands. The main focus of the program is to provide education and training to Virgin Islands students that enables them to have a better understanding of:

  • The importance of clean, safe drinking water, 
  • How is water quality tested and what parameters are tested for,
  • How unclean water can be purified/filtered




Our team

The V.I. Water Quality Education Program is led by the dynamic duo of Howard Forbes Jr. (left: Project Lead PI) and Jarvon Stout (right: Project Co PI). Forbes holds both a B.S. in Biology and M.Sc. in Marine and Environmental Sciences from UVI; Stout holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from UVI. Together, they have utilized their training and expertise in the field of science to develop the VIWQEP, designing the curriculum to be as engaging as possible. Outside of the V.I. Water Quality Education Program, Forbes serves as the St. Thomas Coordinator for the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) and Stout serves as the Community Engagement Specialist for the Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR)


  • Must be an educator currently teaching in a school on St. Thomas or St. Croix.
  • Must teach students in grades 3-12.
  • Should be able to commit 3 full class periods for lessons.


Registration is currently open for the V.I. Water Quality Education Program; however, this program is expected to conclude in June of 2020.

To register for the Virgin Islands Water Quality Education Program, educators should complete the online application by clicking the "Register" button below. Space is limited to 10 educators per island; interested educators should apply early.

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Phone: St. Thomas: (340) 693-1672
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Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service 
Center for Marine and Environmental Studies 
University of the Virgin Islands 

St. Thomas
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802

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