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


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.


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.


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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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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(Re)Connect to Nature

Each month we are going to support you in exploring a deeper relationship with nature through connection exercises, upcoming programs, and resources that may offer inspiration and guidance. There is a ton of research that proves our health is improved by a greater...
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Native Plant Nursery Highlight: Reedy Creek Environmental

"Restoring watersheds - One native plant at a time" Written by: Bill Shenanbruch, Owner of Reedy Creek Environmental Reedy Creek Environmental provides native plants of local ecotype for conservation landscaping and habitat restoration. Seeds are collected responsibly...
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Move over Mums…Asters are the New Fall Flower!

Every fall, Chrysanthemum (aka Mum), the iconic flower of fall, finds its way to porches everywhere. While it does bring beauty and color next to our bright orange pumpkins and scarecrows, they don’t do much for the butterflies and pollinators that are looking for...
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Connecting Women to the James River

Our gratitude mandala! Thank you James River, for the rich life that lives within your watershed, and for all of the life and joy that you provide for us! On the evening of August 10, JRA’s Watershed Restoration Manager and Lead Educator led a Finding Your Connection...
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Discover how to protect and enjoy your river. Join the James River Association today! »