May 19, 2015

On The River, Episode 2: The James River's Environmental Wonders

Sunset over the James River in Virginia.
Sunset over the James River in Virginia.

The James River, in addition to being rich in history, is also a tremendous environmental resource. From the endangered sturgeon population to oyster reefs and untouched marshlands, our second "On the River" episode shows you just what would be put in jeopardy if Dominion Virginia Power goes through with its power line proposal.

Leighton Powell, executive director of Scenic Virginia, sums it up well:

"The James is America’s Founding River. This is where it all began. What happens there matters to all of us.

This area [in particular] -- part of the national Captain John Smith Water Trail -- is abundant in history, scenic beauty, natural resources, spectacular wildlife, and cultural significance. It’s magnificent!

The impact of transmission lines on the scenic beauty and history of this region would be devastating. Alternatives exist, and they need to be explored."

Watch the video to see the beauty -- and the threat -- for yourself:

Julia Rocchi is the director of content marketing at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and gawks at buildings.


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