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 River Hero Home today! It’s easy, It’s fun and you’ll be helping to protect the health and beauty of local streams and the James River.

Amber Ellis
Watershed Restoration Manager

RIVER

The James River is Virginia’s largest river, flowing across the entire state. It’s also the largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. Each year, millions of family members and friends visit the James to boat, fish, hike and enjoy its beautiful scenery together.

HERO

Stormwater runoff continues to be one of the largest threats facing the James River. Becoming a River Hero Home is a simple way to help protect the James River to ensure its health and enjoyment for future generations.

HOME

River Hero Homes is a community of stewards that realize the first step to a cleaner James River starts in their own backyard. Take steps to improve your home and become a hero for your community and your river.
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Every River Hero Home receives a garden flag, sticker, membership card, a free year Family Membership to the James River Association, and an invitation to exclusive gatherings.

River Hero Home members receive special discounts at participating local garden shops and nurseries.
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David Stokes Shares His River Hero Home Story

"Become a River Hero Home to cut down on runoff from rainwater, control runoff of fertilizer, monitor soil erosion, and practice being a good steward of the land and the river." David Stokes is a River Hero Home in Lynchburg, VA. Now that he has retired he tries to...
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Rick McCormick Shares His River Hero Home Story

Rick McCormick may be retired, but his work in sustainable gardening is as robust as ever. He is a River Hero Home and Master Gardener in Bon Air, Virginia. His favorite activity along the James River is to walk the variety of trails in the region. He gives love back...
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Robert Monteiro Shares His River Hero Home Story

“It’s a fun process learning about how home landscapes used to be maintained. The resource I started with was Rodale’s All New Guide to Organic Gardening. I’d recommend starting with a rain barrel. From there it’s addictive.” Robert Monteiro is a River Hero Home and...
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Become a Hero by Stopping Pollution at Home with the James River Association

For immediate release: February 27, 2017 Contact: Amber Ellis Watershed Restoration Manager (804) 788-8811, ext. 205 aellis@jrava.org Become a Hero by Stopping Pollution at Home with the James River Association Homeowners living in the James River basin are invited to...
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River Hero Home Month

March is River Hero Home Month! Homeowners living in the James River basin are invited to join us in celebrating River Hero Home month this March. Throughout the month, we will bring awareness to stormwater runoff and promote ways to stop pollution in your own...
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