Annual Meeting and Oyster Roast
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JRA’s Annual Meeting and Oyster Roast
James River Association’s Annual Meeting and Oyster Roast will be held on Monday, October 17 at 5 PM at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s West Creek location. We are excited to return to our friends at Hardywood this year for a complete take-over of their West Creek property!
We look forward to this special celebration of the Clean Water Act’s 50th Anniversary and the progress made over the past five decades. We will be sharing exciting updates on the work James River Association has accomplished over the past year, honoring this year’s James Changer Award winners, and cheers’ing to the successful completion of our three-year, $25 million dollar James Changer Campaign.
Bill Street was born in Richmond, Virginia and grew up camping at the mountain headwaters of the James River and spending summers on the Chesapeake Bay. As a child, Bill remembers following his father as he waded in lush underwater grass beds dipping for soft shell crabs. But by the time he came of age to dip for crabs himself, those vital grass beds were gone because pollution had wiped them out. Now with two sons of his own, his personal mission is to ensure that his sons are able to enjoy healthy Virginia waters that are closer to what his father experienced growing up than the degraded ones of his own childhood.
Bill has been with the James River Association since 2005, and finds it thrilling to see the progress made over that time, not only in the programs the James River Association is implementing but also in the river itself. “Every time I see a sturgeon breach, an eagle soar or see people swimming in the river right downtown, it fuels my fire to keep the James River comeback coming.”
Prior to serving as CEO of the James River Association, Bill worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as well as an environmental consulting firm, Malcolm Pirnie, in Newport News, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Duke University Wetland Center, and the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia. He is a double Hoo and a Dukie too with degrees in Commerce and Urban and Environmental Planning from Virginia and Environmental Management from Duke.