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Results in for 18th annual James River Regional Cleanup

September 09, 2017
Communications and Media

09-09-17 James River Regional CleanupCHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VIRGINIA — More than 750 volunteers showed up to help clean up James River and its shorelines during the annual James River Regional Cleanup held today. Now in its 18th year, the cleanup is a tremendous regional effort in which volunteers remove hundreds of bags of trash and recyclable materials from the James and its tributaries.

In all, more than 600 bags of trash and 500 bags of recyclable material were removed from 16 sites between Lynchburg and Newport News. The annual event is organized by the James River Advisory Council and its many partners, including nonprofit organizations, friends groups, businesses, local governments, state agencies and individuals. The cleanup was open to individuals, families, groups, boaters and paddlers.

“We had an amazing cleanup this year, and I’m so happy the weather was good so our many dedicated volunteers were able to help with this event,” JRAC Executive Director Kimberly Conley said. “We’re tremendously grateful and thank all of the volunteers and dedicated partners who have made the James River Regional Cleanup a success for another year.”

“We did pick up fewer bags of trash and recyclables, and particularly, fewer tires this year,” Conley added. “And, when you think about it, that’s a good thing because it means that our 18 years of river cleanup and education has been working. Many of our volunteers mentioned how much cleaner the sites looked this year as compared to previous years.”

Of the volunteers, 26 were in canoes, kayaks or paddleboards, and seven were in powerboats. Other volunteers scoured the riverbanks for debris or picked up along roadsides. Some unusual items that were found were: a computer monitor, shed, urn, blackboard and a Sesame Street child’s chair.

The James River Regional Cleanup is the kickoff for James River Week during which numerous activities and programs are offered to help people celebrate the river. See more events on the James River Week calendar.

For more information, call 804-748-1567 or email conleyk@chesterfield.gov or julie.buchanan@dcr.virginia.gov.

About JRAC: The James River Advisory Council provides a forum for the diverse interests along the James River in Central Virginia and engages the public about issues and challenges facing the river. JRAC’s vision is a healthy, beautiful, economically vital and accessible James River that is cared for by a diverse and engaged community that acts on its behalf.

JRAC’s membership includes representatives from local jurisdictions, businesses and industry, civic organizations and individuals. By leading discussions about the river, and hosting regional events and programs, the council sets the tone for positive and interactive relationships among partners throughout the region.

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