James River Receives Poor Health Grade

November 15, 2013

Video Story by Khiree Stewart
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — A recent report card issued by The James River Association graded the health of the James River with a C.

The river, which runs through the city of Richmond, is issued a report card on its pollution levels every two year. This year’s grade was the same grade as two years ago.

Bill Street, CEO of The James River Foundation, says that this year’s grade is an improvement for the river, but there’s still a lot more that needs to be done.

“A grade of C reflects a number of things,” Street said. “It reflects some great progress that we’ve made. If we look back over 30 or 40 years, the James River was one of the most polluted rivers in the whole country…so getting to a C took a lot of work.”

Street added: “We haven’t seen that progress that we’d like to see and that’s a place where Virginia really needs to make stronger investments and stronger.” commitments,”

Street said that The James River Association will continue working on programs to help improve the quality of the river, as well as working with the local board of supervisors in order to raise funding for future r.