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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
Join us in celebrating all 10,000 square miles of the James River watershed by participating in our 40 hour online giving campaign. Donate online between now and 10 PM on November 28th! Help us reach our goal of $10,000! That's one dollar for every mile that we're...read more
Unchecked coal ash pollution from unlined ponds is a risk to the James, to our parks, and to our drinking water. As Virginia’s leaders examine the options for coal ash disposal, we encourage them to make pollution prevention a priority, and to keep heavy metals and toxins from reaching our waterways. Learn more about the risks of Coal Ash
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. See the book.
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!
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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