James River Water Levels

Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 6.01'
Flow: 8300 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 7:24am
Low Tide: 3:06pm

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Q&A: James River’s overall health down to C

December 4, 2011 7:00am

Andy Thompson’s Sunday column was a Q&A with the James River Association‘s Bill Street, discussing the health of the James River.

On [Nov. 30], the James River Association released its biennial State of the James River report, which grades the river’s overall health using factors such as wildlife, habitat, pollution and steps taken to preserve and protect the river. The grade of C (53 points out of a possible 100) was down from a C+ in 2009 (57 out of 100) — not a tremendous drop, but not exactly encouraging news either. So, I gave JRA Executive Director Bill Street a call to talk about the report and the future of “America’s Found River.”

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?