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Annual James River Rescue Invites Volunteers to Clean Up The Waterway

James River Basin Partnership

This Saturday, June 12, the James River Basin Partnership and Ozark Mountain Paddlers will host their annual River Rescue, a cleanup event where around 80 volunteers will be collecting litter as they float downstream.

The cleanup will start at 8 a.m. at Shelvin Rock Access. Canoers and kayakers will float downstream collecting trash for about six miles, docking at Hootentown Canoe Rental and Campground.

Todd Wilkinson of the James River Basin Partnership said while extra volunteers are only needed to help with the post-float portion of the event, it’s always a good idea to clean up the river while you float.

“A small action can have a global impact, and you don’t have to participate in an organized cleanup. Just every time you go out on the river can be a cleanup,” Wilkinson said.

Saturday’s cleanup is expected to run until mid-afternoon.  To learn more about the effort, you can visit