James River Vision Statement

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The James River: State of the Vision for the Future Julius Smith American Public University Abstract The James River is one of the most significant pieces, environmentally speaking, that make up the land, water, and ecological (and biodiversity) composition of Virginia. In relating the sheer majesty of the river, Graham Averill may have said it best, "For 343 miles, the James River sweeps across the state of Virginia, connecting the Allegheny Mountains with the Chesapeake Bay. It is a massive watershed, a vital source of drinking water, a habitat for key aquatic species, and an important source of recreation. The most well-known section of the James may be the park and play whitewater paradise through downtown Richmond, but in…show more content…
Three of the major team members are the Chesapeake Conservancy, the National Geographic Society and the James River Association (JRA). There are currently sixteen government organizations, including the Virginia Departments of Environmental Quality, Forestry, and Game and Inland Fisheries. Non-Profit organizations include such powerful names as the Audubon Society, International Rivers Network and American Rivers. New groups, like Mike Ostrander’s “Discover the James” have aligned themselves with the initiative, bringing attractions (Bald eagle tours), education and awareness to tourists visiting Virginia. There are even miscellaneous groups that share the vision; one of which is instrumental in Environmental research (VCU Center for Environmental Studies).But even with all these groups (53 in all) there is a need for all of them because of the scope of all lifecycle assessments in relation to watershed restoration covering four major categories: Fish and wildlife (species), habitat, pollution (water treatment and greenhouse emissions) and restoring, protecting and conserving for the future. So it was time to look at what makes up everything that has to do with the James River…show more content…
These facts and more are illustrated in an article by the Commonwealth of Virginia is Chesapeake Bay Tributary strategy for the James River (2005) which also states that the James River watershed encompasses approximately The James River: State of the Vision for the Future 10,000 mi.², which makes up almost 25% of the state. It is home to one third of all Virginians who live in its 39 counties and 19 cities and towns, which easily makes it the pulse of the state. The watershed that makes up the James is made up of three sections, the Upper James Watershed (which travels through the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains), the Middle James (which runs from Lynchburg to the fall borderline in Richmond) and the lower James, which stretches from the fall line in Richmond to the Chesapeake Bay. Other important points related to demographics and histories are: * Drainage area: 6,551,345 acres,10,236.4 square miles * The population in the year 2000
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