James River Water Levels

Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 10.00'
Flow: 28500 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 1:30am
Low Tide: 8:30am

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What’s a view of the James worth to you?

June 25, 2013 10:48am

View of the James River looking east between Jamestown Island and the Ghost Fleet. Credit: JRA

Last week the National Trust for Historic Preservation named a stretch of the James River near Jamestown as one of its 11 most endangered historic sites for 2013. It’s endangered because Dominion Virginia Power hopes to build a huge, high-voltage transmission line — with 16 or 17 towers, 4 of which would be 300 feet tall — 4.1 miles across the river from Surry County on the south bank to James City County on the north.

I wrote about the issue for my Friday column last week, asking the question that is the title of this blog post. A number of groups stand in opposition to the plan, mostly on the grounds that the project would mar the view in an area so central to Virginia’s — and America’s — history. I quoted Jamie Brunkow and Bill Street, both of the James River Association, both of whom brought up some really interesting points. Click here to read my column and learn more.

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?