RiverRats Program


Become a RiverRat!

The James River Association and our James RIVERKEEPER® are recruiting the James River’s first line of citizen defense, the RiverRats. This program engages volunteers to patrol the James and its tributaries and report their sightings to us through the RiverRat portal, only accessible to RiverRats. Whether by walking a neighborhood stream, kayaking a local river, or boating the wide reaches of the lower James, RiverRats will document potential pollution sources and their effects while also reporting natural patterns in river hydrology and wildlife sightings.

Extensive training and support will be provided by the James River Association. A scientific background is not required. By helping to keep watch over our waterways, RiverRats will play a vital role in protecting and restoring America’s Founding River.

Already a RiverRat?

Log in to our RiverRats Member Center to access files, maps and assignments.

Turtles on the upper James

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River Rat Training 

Interested in a future River Rat Training? Sign up to be notified below!


For more information

Please contact us at tdunlap@thejamesriver.org for more information on the RiverRats program.