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The James River Watershed
The James River is Virginia’s largest river, flowing across the entire state from its beginning at the headwaters of the Cowpasture and Jackson Rivers in Bath and Highland Counties, to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton Roads. It is Virginia’s largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.
The James River is a wonderful destination for recreation and enjoyment. Each year millions of Virginians go to the James and its tributaries to boat, fish, swim, hike or just take in the beautiful scenery. Let us help you enjoy the James »
News & Notes
Volunteers play a huge role in helping the James River Association achieve its mission. Much of our work would not be possible without the knowledge and dedication of our volunteers. Whether it is a trash cleanup, water quality testing, invasive species management,...read more
At the James River Association we're often asked "is it safe to swim in the James?" The best way to have a safe, fun time on the water is to be in the know before you go. Today we released a report Swimming Safety in the James - Know Before You Go: Bacteria Monitoring...read more
Every time it rains, fertilizers, herbicides, bacteria from pet waste, and chemicals flow from our properties into local waterways. This pollution can make it unsafe for people and wildlife. Join other residents of the James River watershed in becoming a River Hero Home to protect the health and beauty of our local streams and rivers. Become a hero!
The mission of America’s Favorite Flies is to generate funds to make fisheries and waters healthier through the important work of the Native Fish Society and the James River Association. The project’s centerpiece is a landmark book that features favorite flies and stories provided by 224 fly anglers from throughout North America, however they also offer everything from a 36″ x 48″ poster to t-shirts. See the book.
Every two years the James River Association publishes the State of the James, a report card reflecting the effort to bring the James River back to full health. For each indicator, we have identified and compiled a key measure of river health. Quantitative benchmarks have been set for what we need to achieve to have a healthy James River. See the full report card.
The James River is a River at Risk. Now is the time to begin a conversation on how to protect our waterways and our citizens from the threats posed by the storage and transport of hazardous materials. Lend your voice to the river.
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