Agency Overview

The James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) is a grassroots, not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization working to improve and protect the water quality of the springs, streams, rivers, and lakes in the James River watershed which consists of almost a million acres of land in portions of 8 counties.

Basin Facts:

* 563 springs * 598 gaining streams * 151 losing streams * 3,163sinkholes *
* 931,112 acres * 95 % of SW Missouri’s drinking water comes from groundwater *

JRBP was formed in 1997 as a project of the Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development. In August of 1999, James River Basin Partnership became an autonomous organization, relying on grant funding and membership donations from individuals, businesses and governments across the watershed.

Leading the organization is a core group comprised of the Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Executive Director, and support staff. The JRBP Board is comprised of dedicated volunteer members from across the region that represent the diversity of the James River watershed — county and city governments, educators, citizens, businesses, agriculture, and members-at-large. The JRBP Board is a working board and each Board member serves on one of our action committees.

As the only southwest Missouri watershed not-for-profit offering membership, we are committed to creating a community of water quality advocates in our region that can come together through education, action, and recreation!

Our financial backbone is comprised of 70% federal, state, and foundational grants & 30% comes directly from you through donations, membership, and fundraising events. We are proud to have overall support from our direct community and those organizations that are loyal to the conditions of our waterways.

Starting with support, we gain strength through the substantial commitment of local, excited citizens involved in JRBP projects, river clean-ups, and community gatherings. The quality of effort and the high degree of volunteer participation in our programs and events, adds joy to our not-for-profit and advancement for our mission. Our collaborative partner organizations also energize our mission and help expand our community’s water quality reach to new levels.


Our Goals:

• Implement water quality evaluation protocol.
• Implement programs to positively impact water quality.
• Increase citizen participation in water quality issues.
• Develop sustainable funding sources.

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