NAME & PROFESSION: Jess Barton, VA Grassroots Coordinator
JAMES RIVER ORGANIZATION(S): Chesapeake Bay Foundation
WHY YOU LOVE THE JAMES: Richmond and Richmonders are very lucky to have a beautiful river running right through the city. The James provides beauty, wildlife, outdoor adventures, and unique scenery to our city and our state.
HOW YOU HELP THE RIVER: Through my position at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation I’ve been able to help organize various clean-ups along the James and tributaries to the James; as well as invasive species removal, trail reclamation projects, and native flower and tree plantings. I also enjoy taking friends to parks along to James River to show them the local beauty we have right here in our backyard.
WHAT WOULD YOU IMPROVE OR CHANGE: I would like for more people to learn about the James River and start to care for it. People’s actions can improve the James – whether it is applying less or no fertilizer, planting native plants, using less water, driving less or picking up after their pet.