Reports and Studies
James River Association Annual Impact Reports
The close of 2015 marks the completion of James River Association’s 40th year of protecting America’s Founding River.
When we began as a small band of concerned neighbors in 1976, the James River was in its worst health ever grabbing national headlines with toxic contamination from kepone and the entire tidal river being shut down to any kind of fishing. The same river that the Jamestown settlers fished to stay alive had become too toxic for human consumption.
Over the next four decades, the James River Association became a leading voice for the river and the people who care about it. Over our history, we have seen steady improvements to the health of the river. Our 2015 State of the James gave the river’s health an overall grade of a “B-.” This is the river’s highest mark since we started tracking the data and likely the best score since the first part of the 20th century.
The James River is already a vital asset, and its importance will only increase as water becomes one of the most critical issues of the 21st century. As described in this 2015 Impact Report, we expanded our efforts on each of our strategic goals of moving forward with James River cleanup plans and helping communities benefit from the river. Additionally, we positioned ourselves to press forward even stronger in order to ensure our children their birthright of a fully healthy James River.
From the 40 years of progress since the darkest days on the James River, we know that clean water is no accident and it is not free. Everyone will need to do their part. Thank you for doing yours by being a part of the James River Association.
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report
2007 Annual Report
2006 Annual Report
State of the James
The State of the James provides a report card on the ongoing effort to bring the James River back to full health. This comprehensive assessment of the health of the river is published every two years.
For Localities and Advocates
Linking Local Cleanup Plans to Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Goals
Low Impact Development
Promoting Low Impact Development In Virginia, Full Report (PDF)
Executive Summary (PDF)
Code and Ordinance Manual (PDF)
Checklist for Advisory Review of Local Ordinances in Non-tidal Chesapeake Bay Localities (PDF)
Full results (PDF)