James River Basin looks for volunteers

The James River Basin Partnership is looking for help to take what they call a “snapshot” sample of the water in the area.

Recent rains can really affect the quality of our local waters.

“We’ve had a pretty wet spring and every time we have more rains we can have quite a bit of pollutant making their way into the watershed,” Brent Stock, Project Manager of James River Basin Partnership, tells KY3. “So we see higher levels of bacteria every time we have a water event.”

"You also see more nutrients and sediment being washed into the stream through erosion. Runoff from lawns [and] farms."

The James River Basin Partnership is looking for help to take what they call a “snapshot” sample of the water in the area.

On June 20th, they plan to collect water samples from 75 different sites on the James River watershed.

They call is a snapshot because they will be sampling one moment of time in many different places. They will enter this all into a database and compare it to other "snapshots" throughout the years.

Also, this weekend is their annual clean-up event. They are looking for volunteers to float that river and help pick up trash along the way.

In just three years the program has gathered 38,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our local rivers.

Volunteers will work in a five-mile stretch and can rent canoes to help with the clean-up.

For more information on these volunteer opportunities or to sign up to help go to jamesriverbasin.com

Read the original version of this article at www.ky3.com.