We are inviting you to join us in celebrating River Hero Home month! 

Stormwater runoff continues to be one of the largest threats facing the James River. Every time it rains, fertilizers, herbicides, bacteria from pet waste, and chemicals flow from our properties into local waterways. This pollution can make the James River unsafe for people and wildlife. Throughout October, we are bringing awareness to these issues and promoting ways to stop pollution in your own backyard to improve water quality in the James River.

Becoming a River Hero Home is an easy way to help protect the James River. Anyone living in the James River basin can join by signing a simple online pledge to protect the James through everyday river-friendly actions like picking up after your pet or reducing lawn fertilizer. While these actions may seem small, when adopted on a wide scale, they can have a significant impact on local water quality.

During the month of October visit the Main Branch, East End, and Westover Hills Library in the City of Richmond to find information about how you can Become a River Hero Home! You’ll find books about rivers, watersheds, composting, native plants, rain gardens, and more, for both you and your children.

In addition, we will be hosting four rain barrel workshops in Richmond and Wiliamsburg (three are limited to Richmond City Residents) and a native species ID workshop in Newport News. Follow along on social media as we post information daily about native plants, gardens and what you can do to impact water quality in your neighborhood. 

Rain Barrel Workshop for Richmond City Residents

Main Branch Library
101 E Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Rain Barrel Workshop

JRA Williamsburg Office
1335 Colonial Pkwy.
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Invasive Plant ID Workshop

The Mariners’ Museum & Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606

Date TBD



The James River is Virginia’s largest river, flowing across the entire state. It’s also the largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. Each year, millions of family members and friends visit the James to boat, fish, hike and enjoy its beautiful scenery together.


Stormwater runoff continues to be one of the largest threats facing the James River. Becoming a River Hero Home is a simple way to help protect the James River to ensure its health and enjoyment for future generations.


River Hero Homes is a community of stewards that realize the first step to a cleaner James River starts in their own backyard. Take steps to improve your home and become a hero for your community and your river.