Transforming the James River in Richmond

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The James River is the centerpiece of Richmond, but by the mid-twentieth century it had been abused and neglected. Eagles and sturgeon had nearly disappeared, water-powered industry was abandoning it and the river was a sewer. Today, the river draws visitors to its wooded shorelines, restored canal and feisty rapids. At the local level, this transformation was the result of citizen action, public-private partnerships, difficult decisions by governmental leaders and the hard work of thousands of passionate advocates and volunteers. Local author and lifelong river watcher Ralph Hambrick chronicles the events, projects and controversies that brought about the dramatic change and lends a critical eye to the results.
ISBN: 9781467145350
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Images: 141
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Ralph Hambrick is a member and former chair of the Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Committee and a member and former co-chair of the James River Advisory Council. He earned a BA from Dartmouth College and a PhD from Syracuse University and is professor emeritus in public policy and administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a former whitewater canoe instructor, raft guide and an all-around river enjoyer who does his writing from a home office overlooking the James River.
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