Water Quality Monitoring BacteriaThe James Needs YOU to be a Citizen Water Quality Monitor

Many portions of the James River and tributaries are currently impaired due to excessive harmful bacteria. And for those who swim or recreate in the River, bacteria is an invisible pollutant that can pose serious health threats. One of the most common questions JRA receives from the public, is whether it is safe to swim in certain parts of the James River. 

Water Quality TestingJRA launched a water quality monitoring initiative in 2013 across the James River watershed. We are currently looking for volunteers to help us during the 2015 season. JRA needs your help as a citizen scientist, collecting water samples and recording data to track the environmental health of the River. JRA will introduce you to the types of harmful bacteria, and provide an overview of sampling methods and analysis. Volunteers will also learn to collect turbidity and temperature data from the field. Sampling will occur weekly from May to September, and data will be made available to the public on JRA's James River Watch website (thejamesriver.org/jrw). 

No monitoring or science background is required. JRA will assign volunteers to sampling teams, and work with each volunteer to help establish a sampling schedule that fits individual schedules/availability. Volunteers already participating in JRA's RiverRat project may count their water monitoring work as an "action project."

Sampling Locations:

Water Quality Testing
Hampton River, Hampton
Riverside Park, Newport News
Denbigh Park, Warwick River, Newport News
Jamestown Beach, James City County
Powhatan Creek Park, James City County
City Point, Hopewell 
Harvell Dam, Petersburg
Grapevine Bridge - Chickahominy River, Sandston
Rockett's Landing, Richmond
14th Street Access Point, Richmond 
Rope Swing beach at Tredegar, Richmond
Reedy Creek, Richmond
42nd Street JRPS Access, Richmond
Tucker Park, Goochland County 
DGIF Public Landing, Scottsville
Riveredge Park, Madison Heights
Jordan Point Park, Lexington
DGIF Public landing, Buchanan
Rivanna River at Riverview Park, Charlottesville
Rivanna River at Crofton, Fluvanna County


Training Session:

Thursday, April 14, 2016, Richmond - 6-8:30pm
626 E. Broad Street, Suite 100 Richmond, VA 23219

Thursday, April 21, 2016, Williamsburg - 6-8:30pm
James City County Marina, 2054 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Thursday, April 21, 2016, Lynchburg - 6-8:30pm
Riveredge Park, 154 Rocky Hill Rd, Madison Heights, VA 24572

Register for Training Session:

For more information contact Ben Hawkins at (804)788-8811 ext 204 or volunteer@jrava.org

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