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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
The James River hit flood stage this week - 15.4 feet at USGS's Westham gauge - but in comparison to Richmond’s flood-plagued past this round was rather run-of-the-mill. Still, as this last hurricane season showed us, floods are nothing to sneeze at. So what does it...read more
As we approach the midpoint of the General Assembly session, the House and Senate money committees are preparing their versions of the budget. Here at the James River Association we have three main funding priorities: stormwater, agriculture, and land conservation. In...read more
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.
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