RiverRats, trash collectors, storm drain painters, educators, and advocates – THANK YOU for your volunteerism in 2018! With all of the record-setting rain and flooding Mother Nature sent our way, we needed all the help we could get. Volunteers contributed over 5,500 hours to improving the health of the James River in 2018, with over 2,000 people showing up with friends, family, and four legged companions to lend a hand. We can’t say thank you enough for your energy and enthusiasm to protect our beautiful James River. Check out all of the amazing work volunteers helped out with in 2018!
Volunteers planted over 4,000 native plants to help restore riparian buffers and improve water quality.
Volunteers installed storm drain art on over 75 storm drains to educate citizens about storm water runoff.
84 volunteer water quality monitors provided data to James River Watch each week during the busy river season between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
52 new volunteer RiverRats were trained to patrol, protect, and be stewards of the James.
Volunteers removed over 8,000 lbs of trash from the James River and it’s tributaries.
We can’t wait for what 2019 has in store for our volunteers. With projects and programs growing, we are looking forward to getting volunteers more involved in our education programs, planting more trees, and working with new communities watershed-wide.