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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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

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.

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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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...

Free Field Day

November 19, 2019 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Keene, VA Are you interested in managing invasive species, restoring hardwood tree buffers, protecting waterways from live-stock, preserving farmland and improving wildlife habitat on your farm?Join the James...

Fall is here!

Article by Mike Downey, VA Department of Forestry Fall is here and some parts of Virginia have not seen rain in days! Despite the dry weather, low relative humidity and unusual warmer temperatures, the red maples, river birch, and other hardwoods are beginning to...

2019 River Hero Home Month

We are inviting you to join us in 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...

From the Marsh: Native Plants

Marshes, like most other habitats, are best described by the plants that live in them. Differing conditions, such as the fluctuation of salinity and temperature, can allow for varied species to colonize areas. The marshes of Hampton Roads are home to many unique...