[two_fifth background_image=”https://www.allianceforthebay.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/osprey-landing-in-nest-with-fish_credit-paul-warren-2007_become-a-part-of-our-work_1.jpg” ] On September 14, Alliance’s Richmond office participated in the 14th Annual James River Regional Cleanup in the Bellemeade Community in Richmond’s southside. A wonderful group of 48 volunteers removed 68 bags of trash along with multiple bike frames, tires, and even grass hula skirts from the creek and the neighborhood.[two_fifth background_image=”https://www.allianceforthebay.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/osprey-landing-in-nest-with-fish_credit-paul-warren-2007_become-a-part-of-our-work_1.jpg” ] In total more than 900 volunteers among 15 sites picked up trash along the James River and several feeder creeks or streams, working to make the river a cleaner place. With sites as far west as Lynchburg, and as far east as Newport News, this was the James River Advisory Council’s largest cleanup effort to date. Preliminary results showed that 486 bags full of trash and 225 bags of recyclable materials, including plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, paper and cardboard were collected. Plastic bags continue to be a problem on the river, as today’s cleanup results showed.[two_fifth background_image=”https://www.allianceforthebay.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/osprey-landing-in-nest-with-fish_credit-paul-warren-2007_become-a-part-of-our-work_1.jpg” ] For more information about the James River Advisory Council, visit jrac-va.org. And for more information about Alliance’s Project Clean Stream cleanups, visit: http://cleanstream.allianceforthebay.org/.