by Chris Armstrong, Richmond, VA

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The James has always been an integral part of my life here in Richmond. I have fond memories of exploring the river banks and discovering the various rock routes and rope swings as a kid. The James River naturally piqued my interest in canoeing and fishing. Then, later in life, I found whitewater kayaking, and again the James provided me with a playground in my backyard.

Each Spring my wife and I visit the former Great Blue Heron rookery and watch the herons dance around the pipeline in the evening. That’s always a highlight of the year for us. The James River feels very special and sentimental to me, and I appreciate the work of organizations like JRA to keep our river beautiful and healthy for generations to come.

Photo provided by Chris Armstrong