Thank you for 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. Every October, we bring awareness to these issues through River Hero Home month, and promote ways to stop pollution in your own backyard! If you missed our posts this past month, you can still view them below, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
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.
We are excited to share that 80 homeowners took the pledge this past month to make changes in their own home! You can too, incorporating simple changes will make a collective impact to the James! Take the pledge now.
Join Nat Draper, our Senior Education Manager, for today’s #HeroHack all about the benefits of rain barrels as a sustainable watering source for your plants and yard! You can be a hero like Nat by taking the River Hero Home pledge today.
Justin Doyle, JRA’s Community Conservation Manager, puts the same kind of care into being a River Hero Homeowner that he does managing the program! Check out his #HeroHack on avoiding herbicides and pesticides in your yard, and pledge to be a hero today!
Meet Our Heroes! River Hero Homeowner, Daphne Cole, is making a big difference for our river in her town of Blackstone near the Appomattox River, a tributary to the James. You too can be a hero by taking the #RiverHeroHome pledge! thejamesriver.org/meet-our-heroe
Meet Our Heroes! River Hero Homeowner David Clark explains the positive impact of river-friendly behaviors like installing a rain barrel in his yard near Gillies Creek, a tributary to the James. Become a hero for the James today! #TributaryTuesday thejamesriver.org/meet-our-heroe
Meet River Hero Homeowner Drew Harrigan and learn about the many wonderful ways he’s making a real difference for the river, starting in his own backyard near Powhite Creek, a tributary to the James. Go to thejamesriver.org/meet-our-heroe to read all about it! #TributaryTuesday
Does your yard have a fairly consistent moist or wet area? Then the Wax Myrtle is perfect for you. Plant in the fall to give them time to develop roots before they go dormant in the winter. #riverherohome
Invasive species pose serious threats to native species & can dramatically alter our ecosystems. #RiverHeroHome members have pledged to plant natives to reduce the strain on our waterways. We invite you to join our community & become a hero for river! ow.ly/1FsB50BHVud