The quality of the water is one of the features people looking to visit the James River can find on the new website.
If you have plans to hit the James River this summer, there's a new resource to help you find the right time to enjoy the water. Everything you need to know about the water quality at any given time is now available online.
The James River Association has updated the James River Watch website. It now has user-friendly information for people looking to swim, fish and boat on the river.
Dozens of volunteers will collect data throughout various locations along the entire James River watershed. People will then be able to go online for information on the cloudiness of the river, amount of bacteria and water temperature.
It will be updated every week until September.
The website is designed so that anyone can check-in about any point up and down the James River to find out whether or not it's a good day to be on the water.
"There's a lot of great information online that people can find, but unless you're a trained hydrologist you don't necessarily know 'Is a good time to go swimming? Is it a good time for me to go fishing? Does the water look like this today... is it brown and I'm probably not going to catch any fish unless I hit 'em on the head with a hook," said Pat Calvert, an Upper James Riverkeeper.
Areas that will be monitored this year include Jamestown, Richmond, Scottsville and Lynchburg.
The James Riverkeepers can also post river alerts in case of a problem, such as a sewage overflow, or a highlight such as the spotting of rare fish.
The alert area will be highlighted on the online map so that people will be aware of risks or opportunities associated with that section of the James.
The James River Watch website is available now, just click here.