Experiencing the James River

Whenever someone asks what I do for work, I usually mention that part of my job entails a fair amount of “river time,” which often elicits comments like – “you get paid to float? How lucky are you?” 

I suppose the natural response is to downplay it, but I do realize how fortunate I am to be able to see our local streams up-close, as well as the hard work it takes to keep our Ozarks waters clear and clean.

Recently the James River Basin Partnership and 37 North Expeditions came together to offer a series of seven floats on the James River in 2021, from “Lake (Springfield) to Lake (Table Rock).”

Attendees will get to experience the James in a similar way we do, with 37 North handling all the logistics, and JRBP providing subject matter experts to talk about everything from the skill of “reading a river” to a history of float trips in the Ozarks.

JRBP Executive Director Brent Stock gives a gravel bar presentation on macroinvertebrates and water quality on Lower James River in September 2020.

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