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.

Test Water Quality!

 Learn how to collect water samples and identify harmful bacteria.  Sign up now!

News & Notes

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James River Leadership Academy

The James River Leadership Academy (JRLA) is a year-long leadership program for 10th and 11th grade high school students who are passionate and committed to protecting the future of our natural resources in Virginia and the James River. Learn More >> Deadline is May 15th!

 Water Quality Monitor Training

JRA needs your help collecting water samples and recording data to track the environmental health of the River. Sampling will occur weekly from May to September and data will be made available to the public on JRA's James River Watch website (thejamesriver.org/jrw). Trainings are held across the watershed throughout May.  Register here.


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 >>

The Tomato Fund25th Annual Westover Lawn Party

The Annual Westover Lawn Party is a signature event held each summer at Westover Plantation in Charles City, VA. This event, JRA’s largest fundraiser, centers on family and educational activities, live entertainment, great food and both a silent and live auction. Purchase tickets here.

JRA RiverRat Training - June 6

Training for JRA’s RiverRats program, to be held in Covington, at Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce Building, 110 Mall Road, Covington Virginia 24426. Directions. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

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.