James River Ecology School

James River Ecology School Engaging today’s youth to be tomorrow’s stewards.

James Riverkeepers

Upper James Riverkeeper Jamie Brunkow - Lower James Riverkeeper
Upper James Riverkeeper,
Pat Calvert
Lower James Riverkeeper
Jamie Brunkow

Waterkeeper Alliance


Canoe Race

Do you love the river? Do you want to help the river? Become a JRA RiverRat!

River Hero Homes

Becoming a River Hero Home is a simple way to help protect the James River.

James River Watch

James River WatchNeed to know the current water level for your canoe trip on the Upper James? Wondering if you’ll encounter sea nettles on a trip to the Lower James? Now you can find helpful river information in one convenient location. Get Interactive.

Envision The James

Learn more about the James and take part in creating a vision for the future of the river at www.EnvisionTheJames.org.

Support JRA with your Purchase

James River Blend Cofee by Blanchard'sGrab a new bag of James River Blend coffee by Blanchard’s, pick up a discount card for shops and restaurants around Richmond or find out how you can get a stylish JRA wooden rain barrel! Visit the Gift Shop.

Protecting America's Founding River

More than one-third of all Virginians rely on the James River and its tributaries for water, commerce and recreation. After generations of nurturing its people, the James River needs nurturing itself. Let the James River Association show you how to enjoy and protect this natural treasure.

 Through the Water for Water campaign, we are partnering with restaurants in our watershed to educate the dining community on the importance of clean water. Get Details

News & Notes

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Enjoy the James River2015 James River Interpretive Paddle Series

JRA is hosting a free paddle series with paddle locations in Lynchburg, Richmond, Williamsburg and Smithfield! These paddles are free and open to the public for ages 16 and over. Learn a new way to 'Enjoy the James'!  Learn More >>

Regional River Feature Contest

RVA loves the James River! To build on this unique designation and continue to promote the James River as the single most important attraction and natural resource in the Richmond region, the James River Association is conducting a contest that encourages residents to identify or create an iconic regional river feature (or features) that symbolizes, creates an identity for, and celebrates the rivers of the Richmond region. Regional River Feature Contest >>

JRA RiverRat Training - September 5

Training for JRA’s RiverRats program, to be held in Hopewell, location to be determined. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register. For more information contact Ben Hawkins at (804)788-8811 ext 205 or volunteer@jrava.org.

Train Derailment in LynchburgOur River at Risk  

Seeing the James River on fire was a wake up call for Virginia and the nation.  While the James River has resiliently rebounded from through conservation efforts, recent events remind us that there are still significant risks that threaten the health of the river and the drinking supply for many. Help ensure that a future disaster does not happen on the James.

 Visit RiverAtRisk.org to take action to protect your river.