Find out the State of the James »

The State of the James report shows the overall health of the James.

Join us in celebrating the James River »

However you enjoy celebrating the river, we have an event for you.

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You can make a difference. Join the effort to protect and restore Americas Founding River.

Projects happening on our river »

The latest updates to the projects we have been working on in the James River watershed.

It's your river!


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

2018 General Assembly Wrap Up

With the 2018 Virginia General Assembly Session over, we wanted to let you know how the James River fared this year. Thank you to those of you that reached out to your legislators to let them know the river is a priority for you. Please sign up for our Action Network...

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Volunteering for the James

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,...

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The James River Association, in partnership with the Robert E Lee and Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation Districts, will be planting 3,000 trees at farms along various tributaries of the James River this spring! Learn how to volunteer.

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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