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:

Refresher Training for New or Veteran Volunteers - Richmond
May 20th, 2pm-5pm
JRA Richmond Office
4833 Old Main Street
Richmond, VA 23231


Register for Training Session:

For more information contact Amber Ellis at (804)788-8811 ext 205 or volunteer@jrava.org

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