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BE A JAMES CHANGER

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.

Explore

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

Support

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.

Volunteer

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

Discover

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

April Conservation Tips: Vernal Pools

Have you ever ventured into the woods after a rainy spring day and found what appears to be a new pond? You may have discovered one of the most exciting, albeit temporary, habitats in Virginia!Known as vernal pools, these ephemeral bodies of water appear...

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Be A James Changer

  Celebrate Earth Day Everyday. Be A James Changer. We are launching a new and exciting brand campaign! Even though our logo is changing, our mission is not! Since 1976, the James River Association has worked to improve the health of the James River from a...

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