Hun­dreds of bags of trash were col­lected at var­i­ous sites on the river

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CH­ESTER­FIELD — More than 750 vol­un­teers showed up to help clean up James River and its shore­lines dur­ing the an­nual James River Re­gional Cleanup held on Satur­day, Septem­ber 9.

Now in its 18th year, the cleanup is a tremen­dous re­gional ef­fort in which vol­un­teers re­move hun­dreds of bags of trash and re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als from the James and its trib­u­taries.

In all, more than 600 bags of trash and 500 bags of re­cy­clable ma­te­rial were re­moved from 16 sites be­tween Lynch­burg and New­port News. The an­nual event is or­ga­nized by the James River Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil and its many part­ners, in­clud­ing non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, friends groups, busi­nesses, lo­cal gov­ern­ments, state agen­cies and in­di­vid­u­als. The cleanup was open to in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, groups, boaters and pad­dlers.

“We had an amaz­ing cleanup this year, and I’m so happy the weather was good so our many ded­i­cated vol­un­teers were able to help with this event,” JRAC Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Kim­berly Con­ley said. “We’re tremen­dously grate­ful and thank all of the vol­un­teers and ded­i­cated part­ners who have made the James River Re­gional Cleanup a suc­cess for an­other year.”

“We did pick up fewer bags of trash and re­cy­clables, and par­tic­u­larly, fewer tires this year,” Con­ley added. “And, when you think about it, that’s a good thing be­cause it means that our 18 years of river cleanup and ed­u­ca­tion has been work­ing. Many of our vol­un­teers men­tioned how much cleaner the sites looked this year as com­pared to pre­vi­ous years.”

Of the vol­un­teers, 26 were in ca­noes, kayaks or pad­dle­boards, and seven were in power­boats. Other vol­un­teers scoured the river­banks for de­bris or picked up along road­sides. Some un­usual items that were found were: a com­puter mon­i­tor, shed, urn, black­board and a Se­same Street child’s chair.

The James River Re­gional Cleanup is the kick­off for James River Week dur­ing which nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams are of­fered to help peo­ple cel­e­brate the river. See more events on the James River Week cal­en­dar.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 804-748-1567 or email con­leyk@ch­ester­field.gov or julie.buchanan@dcr.vir­ginia.gov.


Vol­un­teers pre­pare for the cleanup that took place on Sept. 9.


Hun­dreds of bags of trash, some con­tain­ing un­usual items, were col­lected in the 18th an­nual James River Re­gional Cleanup.


Sev­eral of the vol­un­teers took ca­noes and kayaks to bet­ter fa­cil­i­tate the cleanup.

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