Annual Meeting and Oyster Roast
Bill Street, James River Association CEO
Additional Pre-recorded Remarks by:
Gloria Reuben, Waterkeeper Alliance President
You’re Invited to JRA’s Annual Meeting and Oyster Roast!
James River Association’s Annual Meeting and Oyster Roast will be held on Wednesday, November 3 at 6 PM at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s West Creek location. We are excited to return to hosting this event in-person again this year.
We look forward to sharing exciting updates on the work James River Association has accomplished over the past year, as well as unveiling our 2021 State of the James Report and this year’s James Changer Award winners.
Here’s a little tribute to last year’s Annual Meeting, where we virtually learned how to make a ‘James Changer Cocktail’! This year, you can enjoy delicious beverages in person, like Hardywood’s Great Return IPA!
How to make the perfect “James Changer” cocktail recipe using potato vodka:
1 cup blueberries
½ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 cup of water
6-8 mint leaves
For a simple syrup for 4 drinks:
Heat water until boiled, smash blueberries, and strain. Add vodka, soda water, and lemon squeeze to finish.
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.
Gloria Reuben is the president of Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization that strengthens and grows a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water. As president of Waterkeeper Alliance, Gloria represents more than 350 Waterkeeper groups on six continents and amplifies our organizational vision for drinkable, fishable, swimmable water. An actress and social activist, Reuben served as a Trustee with Waterkeeper Alliance from 2007 to 2010, before becoming an advisor to Vice President Al Gore’s environmental organization, The Climate Reality Project. Reuben previously served on the Advisory Council of the National Wildlife Federation and the Leadership Council for the Natural Resources Defense Council.