The Tire-Less James 

Let’s Work for a “Tire-less” James! 

The Tire-Less JamesThanks to volunteers from Virginia Canals & Navigations SocietyHeart of Virginia Council Boy Scouts of America, the crews of six The James River batteaux, some JRA RiverRats and a host of other volunteers, the James is now tire-less!

On Saturday, August 17, 154 volunteers took to the river in boats of all kinds as part of the first Tire-Less James event and together they removed 479 tires from a 59-mile stretch of the James River between Lynchburg and Richmond.

A big thank you also goes to Bridgestone Americas LLC’s "One Team One Planet" Spent Tire Program, for providing free hauling and recycling of all the tires that were collected.

If you are interested in participating in next year’s event you can sign up to volunteer, select the Tire-Less James event in the interest section, and we will send you information as next year’s event gets closer!

See photos taken by volunteers during the event on our facebook album

This was a self-directed cleanup. Volunteers were asked to select a section of the James for their cleanup and register online. Because this was a water cleanup, volunteers supplied their own boats and equipment appropriate for safely floating tires down their selected section of river.

Thank you to the James River batteaux that will be helping to collect and remove tires: Rose of Nelson, Anthony Rucker, Clifton Lee, Slate River, Roselea or the Fine Creek Mill.

Below is a list of sections in the James River where the cleanup was conducted.

Class* Section Miles Registered Participants
I Riveredge Park - Joshua Falls 10

Just Some Paddlers

I Bent Creek to James River State Park 8.9 The Re-Treads
I James River State Park - Wingina* 5.5

The Batteau Clifton Lee
Giorgio Tsoukalos' Hair
Renee Z Querry
Anthony Rucker
Troop 529
JRA RiverRat and Friends
Rose of Nelson Batteau
Ron Hall

II Howardsville - Scottsville 11.6 Troop 364
I Columbia - Cartersville 9

Boy Scout Troop 521

I Cartersville - Westview 5 Troop 720
Clan McLemore
Troop 799
I Watkins - Robious 4.25 James River Hikers

Map of the Sections

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