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.

Connect with the James

Join us for guided canoe, kayak or pontoon boat tour with our education staff.

Greening Richmond Public Libraries

We are working with Richmond Public Libraries to install green infrastructure practices.

Monitor Water Quality

Track the health of the James by collecting water samples between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 

River Hero Homes

Become a River Hero Home to protect our local streams and rivers.

James River Leadership Expeditions

Join our year-long leadership program for all high school students.

Riparian Stewards

Volunteer to nurture and monitor select riparian forest buffers.

Lynchburg Summer Camp

Rising 3rd to 8th Graders will learn new skills and have fun along the way.

James River Buffers

Your property may qualify for a buffer planting. 100% of project costs are covered for qualifying landowners.

Living Shorelines

We can help eligible homeowners in the tidal watershed install living shorelines.

Monthly Webinar Series

Learn more about your river in our free monthly webinar series.




News & Notes

James River Buffers: Am I eligible?

What makes my property eligible to participate in the James River Buffer Program? The James River Association (JRA) and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) are celebrating the success of the James River Buffer Program, which has now been around for over 5 years. Over...

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