Watershed Restoration

Working for a healthy river

Our Watershed Restoration team takes a regional approach to the local issues facing our 10,000 square mile watershed. From riparian buffers in the Middle and Upper James, living shorelines in the Lower James, to green infrastructure solutions in our urban and suburban areas. We partner with localities, other organizations, and landowners to improve the health of the James River and help citizens realize the benefits of a healthy James River.

Get your hands dirty!

We love our volunteers! Your hard work and dedication to the James River Association help us reach our mission to promote conservation and responsible stewardship of the James River. We couldn’t do the work we do without people like you!

Program Areas

 

Shoreline Restoration

Living shorelines are a green infrastructure technique using native vegetation to stabilize the shoreline to reduce erosion and protect our marsh areas. Read more about what we are doing on the tidal region of the James River.

 

Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure projects are effective and economical water management practices that protect and restore our waterways while mimicking the natural water cycle. See what we are doing to reduce stormwater pollution in your neighborhood.

 

Streamside Forests

Riparian buffers are the trees, shrubs, and other vegetation along our waterways. These streamside forests provide the James River and its tributaries with the protection they need. We have a goal of planting 76,200 seedlings in the next three years. Learn how you can help.

Be A James Changer!

River Hero Homes

River Hero Homes is a way to recognize homeowners who are successfully taking steps to improve water quality by reducing the amount of stormwater and pollution leaving their property. Becoming a River Hero Home is a simple way to help protect the James River. For more information and to take the pledge visit www.jamesriverhero.org.

Riparian Stewards

Our Riparian Stewards will be trained to monitor planted riparian forest buffers and assist with their establishment on assigned properties. Training sessions will begin in 2020! In the meantime, sign up to volunteer for a buffer planting.

Volunteer Opportunities

We love our volunteers! Your hard work and dedication to the James River Association help us reach our mission to promote conservation and responsible stewardship of the James River. We couldn’t do the work we do without people like you! Visit our calendar for upcoming opportunities like our monthly Invasive Species Removal days in Richmond, native planting projects, and trash cleanups. Sign up to volunteer to stay in the loop on upcoming ways to get your hands dirty! 

Meet the Watershed Restoration Staff

Amber Ellis

Amber Ellis

Senior Watershed Restoration Manager
Richmond Office
Phone: (804) 788-8811 ext.205
Email:  aellis@thejamesriver.org

Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh

Lower James Restoration Coordinator
Williamsburg Office
Phone: (757) 856-1252
Email: 
rwalsh@thejamesriver.org

Anne Marie Roberts

Anne Marie Roberts

Middle James Restoration Manager
Scottsville Office
Phone: (434) 286-7000
Email: amroberts@thejamesriver.org

Emily Hinson

Emily Hinson

Lower James Regional Outreach Manager
Williamsburg Office
Phone: (757)856-1252
Email: ehinson@thejamesriver.org