River Hero Homes

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.

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This April, we are hosting rain barrel workshops throughout our watershed! Rain barrels are made out of heavy-duty plastic 55-gallon drums and can be connected to the gutter downspouts, collecting rain runoff. Each rain barrel ($35) comes with a kit to complete assembly (barrels are not sold ready-to-use) and are provided to us by Coca-Cola.


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

RIVER

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.

HERO

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.

HOME

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.

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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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