River Hero Homes

Take the Pledge!

Polluted stormwater runoff is a significant contributor of pollution to the James River and its tributaries. Every time it rains, pollutants including sediment, fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and bacteria from pet waste flow from our yards into local waterways via stormwater runoff. Stormwater pollution adversely impacts the health of the James and threatens the health of people and wildlife.

River Hero Homes is a community of stewards that realize the first step to a healthier James River starts at home. Implementing river-friendly conservation practices at homes is as easy as properly disposing of pet waste, using native plants, reducing the use of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides, and conserving water. Members of the River Hero Homes program receive a membership card, yard flag, sticker, and discounts at local nurseries and other businesses in partnership with the James River Association.

Be a hero for your community and river! Take the pledge today!

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RIVER

The James River flows from the Alleghany Highlands and Blue Ridge mountains through Virginia’s piedmont to the coastal plain and Chesapeake Bay. The James provides drinking water to many Virginians and millions of people use it for recreation each year.

HERO

Joining the River Hero Homes program and implementing river-friendly conservation practices is a way to improve the health of the James at home. Be a hero for your community and river!

HOME

River Hero Homes is a community of stewards that realize the first step to a healthier James River starts at home. Implementing river-friendly conservation practices at homes is as easy as properly disposing of pet waste, using native plants, reducing the use of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides, and conserving water.


The individual conservation actions of many can improve the health of the James River and its tributaries. Join our River Hero Homes program and contribute to a healthy James from wherever you call home.

Justin Doyle
Director of Community Conservation

Membership Discounts

Members of the River Hero Homes are eligible for discounts at participating nurseries and other businesses in partnership with the James River Association.

Many thanks to DuPont for their support through the Clear Into the Future Program of our River Hero Home Program and for their efforts to protect and improve the environment through stormwater management practices.