JRAC kicked off the new year with a major change to one of its hallmark events, the James River Regional Cleanup. Since its start years ago, the cleanup has been held on the second Saturday in June. Planners decided to hold the 2013 cleanup on Sept. 14, noting overwhelming support in favor of the date change.
Among reasons to change the date was event planners’ recognition of the need to clean up the river at the summer’s end, following its peak season for visitors and when there potentially is a greater need to clean up the river than there is in the spring.
For many years, the James River Regional Cleanup has attracted hundreds of volunteers who roam the shorelines on foot and cruise the water in boats to clean up trash, an effort that is a tremendous benefit to the river, its wildlife, and the people who visit and enjoy the river.
Plan now to help JRAC clean up the river on Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at any of the numerous official cleanup sites among several localities along the river. We’ll even provide lunch!