River Hero Homes

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River Hero Homes is a way to recognize homeowners who are successfully taking steps to improve water quality by reducing the amount of stormwater and pollution leaving their property.

Pledging to be a River Hero Home is a simple way to help protect the James River.  Depending on where you live, becoming a River Hero Home may also help you qualify for stormwater rebates or credits offered by your locality.

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

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What is River Hero Homes?

River Hero Homes is a way to recognize homeowners who are successfully taking steps to improve water quality by reducing the amount of stormwater and pollution leaving their property.  Becoming a River Hero Home is a simple way to help protect the James River.

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Who Can Pledge?

You!  River Hero Homes is open to everyone living in the James River watershed no matter how near or far you live from the River.

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Why Should I Pledge?

Every time it rains, fertilizers and herbicides, bacteria from pet waste, chemicals and sediment flows from your property into local waterways – even if you can’t see them.  This pollution results in everything from cloudy water to algae blooms and can make our waterways unsafe for swimming and fishing.

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How to Pledge?

You can become a River Hero Home by pledging to adopt three behaviors, which you may be doing already.  These behaviors may seem trivial, but they can all have significant impacts on water quality.

 

River Hero Home Rewards

In addition to feeling good about doing your part to help protect our waterways, pledged River Hero Home members receive great rewards.  Every River Hero Home receives an attractive garden flag and window cling with the River Hero Home logo, access to a dedicated Google group and newsletter, and an invitation to the annual River Hero Homes Lawn Party.

River Hero Home Members also receive exclusive discounts at participating local garden shops and nurseries. Your River Hero Home Membership is active while you remain at the same address. In addition, you will automatically receive a one year family membership to the James River Association.

Finally, depending on where you live, becoming a certified River Hero Home may also help you qualify for stormwater rebates or credits offered by your locality.

Discover how to protect and enjoy your river. Join the James River Association today! »

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