James RIVERKEEPER® Program


The eyes, ears and voice for the James River

The James RIVERKEEPER program was launched in 2001 when the James River Association joined the Waterkeeper Alliance. The Waterkeeper Alliance is a growing international organization with over 290 local Waterkeeper programs, all dedicated to protecting local waters from pollution.

The James RIVERKEEPER and Advocacy Program, supported by our dedicated James RiverRats volunteers, monitor the length of the James River and its more than 15,000 miles of tributaries. The goal of this program is to maintain a constant vigil on the James River, monitoring its conditions, identifying problems and ensuring that solutions are executed properly. 

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When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.

John Muir

Jamie Brunkow

Jamie Brunkow

Director of Advocacy & James RIVERKEEPER®

Emailjbrunkow@thejamesriver.org; Phone: (757) 634-4541

Jamie Brunkow is the James RIVERKEEPER® and Senior Advocacy Manager, leading a team of staff specialized in science, government affairs, and grassroots outreach.

The James RIVERKEEPER® and Advocacy team monitor the river and critical species, educate the public about river health, and respond to citizen reports and pollution concerns. The James RIVERKEEPER® and Advocacy program develops strategies to address threats to the river utilizing a range of policy, science and legal tools as needed. With bases of operation in the upper, middle and lower James River watershed, the James RIVERKEEPER® and Advocacy program focuses on the unique needs and issues affecting the James River, as well as the communities around them.