Learn more about your River!
With the continuing uncertainties of COVID-19 and our current social distancing landscape, we have launched a new monthly webinar series highlighting a variety of different topics featuring our beautiful James River! Hear from JRA staff and local expert guests on everything from recreation to conservation to history throughout the year. If you are unable to join us for a live event, you can always watch the recorded webinars below.
Cocktails, Conservation, and Conversation: The Great Return of the Atlantic Sturgeon Webinar
With a history dating back to the age of dinosaurs, Atlantic Sturgeon are living fossils that hold significant importance to the James River. These ancient creatures have faced population decline due to overfishing, habitat loss and pollution, but show signs today of making a great return to the river. Learn more about these fish, research by the VCU Rice Rivers Center, and our partnership to promote conservation efforts. Led by Jamie Brunkow, our James RIVERKEEPER®, and Matt Balazik, Ph.D. and VCU Research Assistant Professor.
Past Webinar Recordings
Water Quality of the James River
Interested in local water quality? Learn more about how JRA monitors the health of the James through the James River Watch program and the importance of water quality when it comes to safe recreation. Led by JRA’s Jamie Brunkow, James RIVERKEEPER® and Erin Reilly, Staff Scientist.
Best Spots for River Recreation
Get the lowdown from regional experts on the best places along the James River for hiking, biking, and paddling. Led by JRA’s Rob Campbell, Upper James Community Conservationist; Justin Doyle, Community Conservationist Manager; Emily Hinson, Lower James Regional Outreach Manager; and featuring guest speaker Greg Velzy, Senior Recreation Programmer at Chesterfield County and Chair of the Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Committee.
America's Founding River
Explore stories about how the James River has shaped the history of our region and the nation and why Congress named it America’s Founding River. Led by Bill Street, CEO and featuring guest speaker Bob Deans, author of The River Where America Began.
Two Fish Tales
Learn why population numbers of two of the most important fish in the James River are going in opposite directions and how JRA is managing these challenges. Led by Jamie Brunkow, Senior Advocacy Manager/James RIVERKEEPER® and Aaron Buchard, Master Captain and Environmental Educator and featuring guest speaker Albert Spells, Fish Biologist at US Fish and Wildlife Service.