October marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation's landmark environmental legislation to protect water quality. Over the past four decades the James River has gone from being a "dumping ground" to supporting Outside Magazine's 2012 "Best River Town Ever." Arguably, it is the most improved river in the nation. This accomplishment has been the result of a diverse, collective effort by many concerned citizens, businesses and governments. While the Clean Water Act and other state and local plans and policies provide the framework for improving the river, it ultimately comes down to individuals who make it happen.
This short video from JRA celebrates the success of this landmark environmental legislation to protect water quality by highlighting just a few of the individuals who have worked -- and continue to protect -- the James River. To learn how you can help protect America's Founding River visit www.TheJamesRiver.org