While the James River is a great place to cool off, it can carry extra pollutants during periods of high water and after heavy summer downpours. Some segments of the river are impaired due to excessive harmful bacteria—which can make an afternoon on the river less enjoyable.
During the summer, weekly swimming and paddling conditions are posted to our www.jamesriverwatch.org website by our water quality monitor volunteers who collect water samples every Thursday.
At the James River Association, we believe a healthy River should be enjoyed by all, and we strive to connect Virginians to our shared James River. So whether you’re swimming, paddling, or boating - our volunteers help you to know before you go!Your support can help purchase testing equipment and materials to support our volunteers in their critical work.