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Lynchburg[edit]

It's my understanding that the river doesn't actually divide the city of Lynchburg. Yes it does. The river divides Lynchburg from the Amherst County. Madison Heights is on the north side of the river. Is this correct, or are MapQuest and my official Virginia map both lying to me? --MPD01605 (T / C) 02:41, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

You are correct based on the GIS maps I have. The city line is essentially the west bank of the river except for the portion between Daniel Island and US 29 where it runs on the east bank. Saying the river divides Lynchburg is incorrect. --Polaron | Talk 04:02, 27 August 2006 (UTC)
      • I may have been the editor who made this error. Can someone correct it, please? Vaoverland 08:32, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

Longest in a single state?[edit]

It states: "It is the largest river in the United States that remains entirely in a single state.", and in Trivia: "The James River is the longest waterway that is wholly contained in one state (Virginia) in the United States.".

This isn't true: the Trinity and Neches in Texas and the Innoko in Alaska are longer; there may be others, depending on what your definition of "wholly contained" is.

I removed that claim because, even with the weasel-words "one of the.." it is still not even close to true. Longer rivers (James River at 340 miles) that are wholly contained in a state include Sacramento River (382 miles), Salmon River (Idaho) (425 miles), Penobscot River (350 miles), Brazos River (1,280 miles)-starts in NM, Colorado River (Texas) (862 miles)-starts in NM, Trinity River (Texas) (550 miles), Nueches River (340 miles), Wisconsin River (430 miles)-starts in Michigan, Innoko River (500 miles), and how knows how many others in Alaska. The states that don't make the list are either smaller than the James River is long (like Massachusetts), or relatively flat or dry states with few rivers arising in their bounds (like South Dakota and Nevada). Anyway, superlatives are the #1 source of misinformation. Pfly 04:41, 14 December 2006 (UTC)
The longest and largest river entirely in one state is the Kuskokwim in Alaska, 720 miles long and a 41,000 cubic ft./sec. average discharge (compared to 7,500 for the James.) It's followed by:
2. Trinity River, Texas 710 / 7,100
3. Sacramento - Pit River, California 690 / 15,000
4. Tanana, Alaska 660 / 24,000
5. Koyukuk, Alaska 520 / 14,000
6. Innoko, Alaska 500
7. Altamaha, Georgia 470 / 14,000
8. Yazoo, Mississippi 465 / 10,000
9. Guadalupe, Texas 460 / 2,100
10. Kentucky, Kentucky 430 / 8,300
11. Salmon, Idaho 420 / 11,000
12. James, Virginia 410 / 7,500
River lengths are always measured in official lists along the longest watercourse, in this case, the source of the Jackson River downstream to where the river begins being called the "James River", and then on to the Chesapeake.
The USGS includes the tidal portions in its official lists, which have the James at 410 miles. It's also 410 miles in World Facts and Figures (John Wiley and Sons)

DLinth 20:08, 11 September 2007 (UTC)

Only big city with Class III rapids in North America?[edit]

This may be true for the US, but not for N. America, as St. John, New Brunswick has Class III rapids part of each tidal cycle within sight of its tall buildings. DLinth 15:43, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

Proposal to move page to "James River"[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was move Anthony Appleyard (talk) 16:11, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Environment[edit]

This page contains no environmental information about the river at all! That is a major deficiency. I was recently in Richmond and saw signs warning people not to eat fish caught in the river do to PCB contamination. Where did that come from? Other signs mentioned the type of fish in the river, particularly the highly endangered (enormous!) Atlantic sturgeon. Still other signs described in detail the process by which sewage is dumped into the river during heavy rains. It would really improve the article if an expert could add something about these or similar things. Echocampfire (talk) 18:49, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

OK. I just saw there is a little bit about fish in the recreation section, but I think environmental issues deserve their own section. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Echocampfire (talkcontribs) 18:55, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:James River/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

Needs inline citations T REXspeak 18:43, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Last edited at 16:09, 5 June 2009 (UTC). Substituted at 19:28, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

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