Over 700 volunteers, 12 jurisdictions clean up James River

James River Advisory Council

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – More than 700 volunteers in 12 jurisdictions helped clean up the James River and its banks of trash and recyclables during the 17th annual James River Regional Cleanup Saturday.

According to a press release, 732 volunteers removed 492 bags of trash and 316 bags of recyclable materials from 17 sites between Lynchburg and Newport News. 34 volunteers were in canoes or kayaks and nine were in powerboats. Other volunteers scoured the riverbanks for debris or picked up along roadsides.

108 tires were collected, along with some unusual items including a raccoon skull, a record player, a lampshade, a bowling ball and a coconut.

“I’m always amazed and thrilled at how many dedicated volunteers we have 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.”

The event is organized by the James River Advisory Council and nonprofit organizations, friends groups, businesses, local governments, state agencies and individuals.

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