River Hero Homes

Purchase a rain barrel, install native plants.
Take the pledge and be a hero.


The James has always been there for you,
now it’s time to give back.

Thiess International Riverprize

The James River is the 2019 winner of the Thiess International Riverprize.
Help us keep the comeback coming.


Visit our news center to read updates on our
current projects and get involved.


There is a job for everyone in improving the health
of the James River.


Help us keep the comeback coming!
We need your help to reach our goal of a Grade A James.

More than one-third of all Virginians rely on the James River and its tributaries for water, commerce, and recreation. Our vision is a fully healthy James River supporting thriving communities.  We believe if you change the James, the James will change you.


You can hike it, bike it, swim it, run it or raft it. How you enjoy the James River is up to you.


We’ve taken the river from a D- to a B- in terms of overall health – but we need help to reach our goal of a Grade A James.


Whatever your interests are, there is a role for you in improving the health of the James River.


The James is Virginia’s largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, at 340 miles long it is one of the longest rivers in America that begins and ends in the same state.

The James River Watershed

The James River is Virginia’s largest river, flowing across the entire state from its beginning at the headwaters of the Cowpasture and Jackson Rivers in Bath and Highland Counties, to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton Roads. 

Each year millions of Virginians go to the James and its tributaries to boat, fish, swim, hike or just take in the beautiful scenery.




News & Notes

Richmond Education Program Update – Elizabeth Redd

 In 2019, JRA was awarded a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant for Elizabeth Redd Elementary School in Richmond, Va. The grant was intended to allow every 5th grade student to participate in a field trip to Presquile National Wildlife Refuge. Due to COVID-19, we have had to...

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From the Marsh Living Shorelines Cost-Share Program

Welcome to a very special edition of “From the Marsh!” Today, the James River Association is excited to announce the launch of a brand-new cost-share program for living shorelines within the tidal reaches of the watershed. What is a living shoreline, exactly? While no...

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