River Hero Homes

Take the Pledge!

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.

Rain Barrel Workshop:

North Avenue Library
2901 North Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
Tuesday, November 15th, 2022; 3 – 6 pm, in-person workshop 5 pm.

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The individual actions of many can improve the health of the James River and its tributaries. Become a River Hero Home and contribute to a healthy James River from wherever you call home.

Justin Doyle
Community Conservation 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.



River Hero Homes receive a garden flag, sticker, membership card, and a free membership to JRA. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

River Hero Homes receive special discounts at participating local garden shops and nurseries.

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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.