Every time it rains, fertilizers, herbicides, bacteria from pet waste, and chemicals flow from our properties into local waterways. This pollution can make it unsafe for people and wildlife. Join other residents of the James River watershed in becoming a River Hero Home to protect the health and beauty of our local streams and rivers.

 Purchase a Rain Barrel!

Become a River Hero Home today! It’s easy, It’s fun and you’ll be helping to protect the health and beauty of local streams and the James River.

Amber Ellis
Watershed Restoration Manager


The James River is Virginia’s largest river, flowing across the entire state. It’s also the largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. Each year, millions of family members and friends visit the James to boat, fish, hike and enjoy its beautiful scenery together.


Stormwater runoff continues to be one of the largest threats facing the James River. Becoming a River Hero Home is a simple way to help protect the James River to ensure its health and enjoyment for future generations.


River Hero Homes is a community of stewards that realize the first step to a cleaner James River starts in their own backyard. Take steps to improve your home and become a hero for your community and your river.

Every River Hero Home receives a garden flag, sticker, membership card, a free year Family Membership to the James River Association, and an invitation to exclusive gatherings.

River Hero Home members receive special discounts at participating local garden shops and nurseries.
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From the Marsh: Spring Bloom

Welcome to the marsh in springtime! After a period of dormancy during the cold winter months, most of the marsh plants are returning and growing with vigor. Plants such as blue flag iris, arrow arum, and marsh sunflower are all putting out gorgeous blooms to be used...

First Day of Spring – Be A River Hero Home

Today, March 19th, starts the first day of spring in 2020, and the earliest vernal equinox in 124 years! Springtime brings longer days, warmer nights, and with the changing temperatures a ‘wetter’ season. This is a great time of year to give your yard a revival and...

From the Marsh – Winter Critters

The James River and its tributaries are home to hundreds of species of animals, yet only a handful have the ability to tough it out during the winter. On today’s “From the Marsh”, let’s explore these hardy residents who can survive the coldest months of the year! The...

Leaves are FALL-ing

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year to go for a ride in the country, hike a trail to a magnificent view or just sit on the front porch to view the leaves changing colors. We definitely appreciate the beautiful fall colors and the falling leaves that...

River Hero Home Month Recap

Hello James Changers! During October, the James River Association celebrated “River Hero Homes Month” and the efforts that citizens undertake to reduce pollution in the James River. A total of 35 individuals pledged to do three of the five following river friendly...