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RiverRats Program

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JRA and its James Riverkeepers are recruiting the James River’s first line of citizen defense, the RiverRats. This program engages volunteers to patrol the James and its tributaries and to take action to protect and restore the entire watershed. Whether walking a neighborhood stream, kayaking a local river, or boating the wide reaches of the lower James, JRA RiverRats will document potential pollution sources and their effects while also reporting natural patterns in river hydrology and wildlife sightings. A scientific background is not required. Training and equipment will be provided.

RiverRats will be proactive in protecting their river by committing to action projects in their communities. By helping JRA keep watch over our waterways and inspiring their neighbors to choose clean water, RiverRats will play a vital role in protecting and restoring America’s Founding River.

RiverRats Brochure (pdf)


2015 Training Dates

December 5, 2015 9:30am-2:30pm
Training for JRA’s RiverRats program, to be held in in Lynchburg at Riverviews Artspace. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

Please contact Ben Hawkins at (804)788-8811 ext 204 or volunteer@jrava.org for more information on the RiverRats program.

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