Register for the 20th Annual James River Regional Cleanup


Aug. 15, 2019

CHESTERFIELD, VIRGINIA — Registration is open for the annual James River Regional Cleanup scheduled Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Volunteers can choose from 17 cleanup sites from Lynchburg to Newport News and points in between. Visit to register. There are opportunities to volunteer on foot or by boat. Powerboats, paddle craft, hikers and waders are needed.

Now in its 20th year, the cleanup has brought thousands of people together for a common goal. They have removed 12,407 bags of trash and recyclables and 6,653 tires from the James and its tributaries.

“We are grateful to the thousands of volunteers who have participated throughout the cleanup’s history,” JRAC Executive Director Kimberley Conley said. “We anticipate the 20th anniversary cleanup will be our biggest and best yet.”

The cleanup is open to individuals, families, groups, boaters and paddlers. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

The cleanup is the kickoff to James River Week, which features dozens of river-related activities such as canoe programs, a family campout at Maymont, library story times and a free film screening on the Canal Walk.

For information, call 804-748-1567 or email

Photos from last year’s cleanup are posted on Flickr:

About JRAC: The James River Advisory Council provides a forum for the diverse interests along the James River in Central Virginia and engages the public about issues and challenges facing the river. JRAC’s vision is a healthy, beautiful, economically vital and accessible James River cared for by a diverse and engaged community that acts on its behalf.

JRAC’s membership includes representatives from local jurisdictions, businesses and industry, civic organizations and individuals. By leading discussions about the river and hosting regional events and programs, the council sets the tone for positive and interactive relationships among partners throughout the region.

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