James River Water Development District

This year’s wet weather conditions combined with tough times in the ag economy are presenting challenges for many people throughout the James River Valley.

James River Water Development District Manager Dave Bartel says because of the uncertain ag economy his office has seen a slowdown this year in applications for assistance on earthen dams and other water retention projects on private property.

Bartel says he expects that as flood waters on the James River recede, many of the smaller communities along it will discover damage that will require financial assistance to address.

With higher water levels moving downstream Bartel says more flooding along the James River in our area can be expected in the near future.