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.

Invasive Plant Removal

Our River is at risk

Become an advocate for the James and join the voices of other Virginians to protect one our most valued natural resources. 

To learn more, visit RiverAtRisk.org.

News & Notes

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Our River at Risk Campaign Update

The James River Association has entered into a settlement agreement with Dominion specific to the dewatering of coal ash ponds at the Bremo Power Station. With legal representation by the Southern Environmental Law Center, we have secured a commitment from Dominion to install enhanced treatment of the coal ash wastewater that is design to keep discharges below water quality standards before discharge into the James River, better protecting all uses of the river.

Based on a review by an independent engineer, we expect that the actual pollution levels will be even lower and comparable to the lower limits set in North Carolina permits. Importantly, Dominion must submit a report for the enhanced treatment to DEQ for approval, which will make the enhanced treatment enforceable under the permit. Dominion has also committed to conducting fish tissue sampling for two years upstream and downstream of the discharge.

Strong public involvement was critical to achieving this success, and we want everyone to continue to stay engaged through the entire process. This is only the first step in permanent closure of the coal ash ponds. We thank you for your support throughout this process. You help us give the James River the voice it deserves. We encourage all Virginian's to take a moment and join our Action Network at www.riveratrisk.org and add your voice to ours as we work to protect the James! View the summary points on settlement here. Full Settlement Agreement Concept Engineering Report

James River Leadership Academy

The James River Leadership Academy is a year-long leadership program for rising 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. Applications due April 30! 

James River Fly RodJames RiverFest

Do you know how long a great Atlantic Sturgeon can grow to be, what the original Jamestown Settlement looked like or how to calculate your water footprint? Come find out and learn much, much more at this year's James RiverFest at the James City County Marinia in Williamsburg.  Join us for free boat rides, kayaking paddles, bike tours as well as live music! ​Enjoy fun, hands-on educational activities for the whole family. www.JamesRiverFest.org

A Taste of the JamesA Taste of the James

The James River Association is excited to offer A Taste of the James event on Sunday, April 10. This event will feature many different “tastes” including of the James. The goal of the event is to create awareness for the James River Association and our important work to protect America’s Founding River, as well as to provide much needed operating support to support our programs. Learn more and purchase tickets.

2015 State of the James2015 State of the James

Find out how the James is doing and what improvements have been made in the past two years.