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, Project Managers, 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 member serves on one of our action committees.

The strength of JRBP can be substantiated by the number of committed, local citizens involved in JRBP projects, the quality of and high degree of participation in our programs and events, and by the numerous, successful, collaborative projects with other organizations that are also working for better water quality.


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.

We are a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.


Missouri Department of Natural Resources
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency region VII, through the Missouri Department of
Natural Resources, has provided partial funding for this project Under Section 319 of the clean