Civic Leaders Trade Business Suits for Life Jackets


HARRISONBURG - Valley civic leaders donned life jackets for a day in an effort to better understand water quality issues facing the Shenandoah Valley. Prominent government and business leaders joined others on a river rafting trip sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Pure Water Forum at James Madison University. 

The June 6 trip on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River started at at the Island Ford boat ramp near Elkton and ended about 7:30 p.m. at the Riverside (Merck) Park. Along the way, the invited participants collected items in a �scavenger� competition to help them learn about water quality issues. 

�We want them to experience the river in an educational way,� said Bruce Lundeen, executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Pure Water Forum based at James Madison University. �They will learn first-hand by being on the river to see the many challenges we face in water quality.� 

Participants included aides to Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, and Del. Matt Lohr, R-Broadway, Rockingham County supervisor Mike Breeden, Pilgrim�s Pride Plant Manager Bob Bahr, Coors Shenandoah Plant Manager Tim Williams and Virginia Dairyman�s Association Executive Secretary Dale Gardner. 

Published: Friday, May 30, 2008

Last Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2019

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