The James River is a River at Risk. Now is the time to begin a conversation on how to protect our waterways and our citizens from the threats posed by the storage and transport of hazardous materials.
Many aspects of our world today threaten the safety and health of the James River. We want to protect this incredible feature for future generations to continue using the James for drinking water and recreation.
The James River is at risk from 1,100 toxic storage sites, up to 5 billion gallons of coal ash and millions of gallons of crude oil traveling along the shore each week. We must do a better job protecting this natural resource.Join other Virginians in protecting the James River.
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This valuable natural resource is a critical part of our history, daily lives, and the legacy we leave for future generations. These are very important reasons for why we are uniting to protect the James.
Rich History: A heritage that includes Native Americans, the first European settlers, railroads, and more
Source of drinking water: The James is a major source of drinking water for Virginia residents
Wildlife habitat: Prehistoric fish and Bald Eagles are now calling the James home
Place for recreation: State and local parks provide us with plenty of ways to play and relax in the James
Community Identifier: The James defines much of our community with its rich heritage and beauty
Legacy for future generations: Our actions today impact the James for years to come
On March 9, 2016 the James River Association announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Dominion specific to the dewatering of coal ash ponds at the Bremo Power Station. With legal representation by the Southern Environmental Law Center, we have secured a commitment from Dominion to install enhanced treatment of the coal ash wastewater that is designed to keep discharges below water quality standards before discharge into the James River, better protecting all uses of the river.
Based on a review by an independent engineer, we expect that the actual pollution levels will be even lower and comparable to the lower limits set in North Carolina permits.
Importantly, Dominion must submit a report for the enhanced treatment to DEQ for approval, which will make the enhanced treatment enforceable under the permit. Dominion has also committed to conducting fish tissue sampling for two years upstream and downstream of the discharge.
Strong public involvement was critical to achieving this success, and we want everyone to continue to stay engaged through the entire process. This is only the first step in permanent closure of the coal ash ponds.
Become an advocate for the James and join the voices of other Virginians to protect one our most valued natural resources. It’s easy to be an effective advocate. Within a few clicks, you can send an email, letter, or make a call to your elected officials.
Our goal: A safe, healthy James River