James RIVERKEEPER® Program


The eyes, ears and voice for the James River

The James RIVERKEEPER program was launched in 2001 when the James River Association joined the Waterkeeper Alliance. The Waterkeeper Alliance is a growing international organization with over 290 local Waterkeeper programs, all dedicated to protecting local waters from pollution.

The James RIVERKEEPER and Advocacy Program, supported by our dedicated James RiverRats volunteers, monitor the length of the James River and its more than 15,000 miles of tributaries. The goal of this program is to maintain a constant vigil on the James River, monitoring its conditions, identifying problems and ensuring that solutions are executed properly. 

Waterkeeper Alliance

Tom Dunlap


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.

John Muir