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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)

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2014 Training Dates

Please contact Amber Ellis at (804)788-8811 ext 205 or volunteer@jrava.org if you are interested in any of the below trainings.

Saturday, July 12 9:00 am – 2:00 pm RiverRats Training - Smithfield
Training for JRA’s RiverRats program, to be held at the Smithfield Innovation Center, 401 N. Church St. Smithfield, VA. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, July 19 9:00 am – 2:00 pm RiverRats Training - Charlottesville
Training for JRA’s RiverRats program, to be held at the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center at Darden Towe Park in Charlottesville. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, September 6 9:00 am – 2:00 pm RiverRats Training - Williamsburg
Training for JRA’s RiverRats program, to be held in the Park East Building at Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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