James River Ecology School

James River Ecology School Engaging today’s youth to be tomorrow’s stewards.

James Riverkeepers

Upper James Riverkeeper Jamie Brunkow - Lower James Riverkeeper
Upper James Riverkeeper,
Pat Calvert
Lower James Riverkeeper
Jamie Brunkow

Waterkeeper Alliance


Canoe Race

Do you love the river? Do you want to help the river? Become a JRA RiverRat!

River Hero Homes

Becoming a River Hero Home is a simple way to help protect the James River.

James River Watch

James River WatchNeed to know the current water level for your canoe trip on the Upper James? Wondering if you’ll encounter sea nettles on a trip to the Lower James? Now you can find helpful river information in one convenient location. Get Interactive.

Envision The James

Learn more about the James and take part in creating a vision for the future of the river at www.EnvisionTheJames.org.

Support JRA with your Purchase

James River Blend Cofee by Blanchard'sGrab a new bag of James River Blend coffee by Blanchard’s, pick up a discount card for shops and restaurants around Richmond or find out how you can get a stylish JRA wooden rain barrel! Visit the Gift Shop.

Protecting America's Founding River

More than one-third of all Virginians rely on the James River and its tributaries for water, commerce and recreation. After generations of nurturing its people, the James River needs nurturing itself. Let the James River Association show you how to enjoy and protect this natural treasure.

Invasive Plant Removal

James River Splash & Dash

6k fun run or 1 mile walk around Belle Isle and tube across the James! July 16, 2016 

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News & Notes

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Discover opportunities to help the James.

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2016 Interpretive Paddle Series

The James River Association is partnering with local outfitters throughout the watershed to offer a series of afternoon paddles in 2016. The James River Interpretive Paddle is intended to educate and inspire participants to become paddlers and better stewards of our natural resources. Registration is limited for each trip and is on a first come first serve basis. Find out more.

RVA Splash & DashJames River Splash & Dash

The James River Splash & Dash Presented by Swedish Match sponsored by Riverside Outfitters is a one-of-a-kind 6K trail run or 1 mile walk that includes a flat water tube across the James River. www.jrsplashanddash.org

James River WatchJames River Watch

Heading out to the river? Weekly water testing results are posted to the James River Watch map! Plan your trip and get the water conditions. www.JamesRiverWatch.org


Our River at Risk Campaign Update

The James River Association has entered into a settlement agreement with Dominion specific to the dewatering of coal ash ponds at the Bremo Power Station. With legal representation by the Southern Environmental Law Center, we have secured a commitment from Dominion to install enhanced treatment of the coal ash wastewater that is design to keep discharges below water quality standards before discharge into the James River, better protecting all uses of the river. Based on a review by an independent engineer, we expect that the actual pollution levels will be even lower and comparable to the lower limits set in North Carolina permits. Importantly, Dominion must submit a report for the enhanced treatment to DEQ for approval, which will make the enhanced treatment enforceable under the permit. Dominion has also committed to conducting fish tissue sampling for two years upstream and downstream of the discharge. Strong public involvement was critical to achieving this success, and we want everyone to continue to stay engaged through the entire process. This is only the first step in permanent closure of the coal ash ponds. We thank you for your support throughout this process. You help us give the James River the voice it deserves. We encourage all Virginian's to take a moment and join our Action Network at www.riveratrisk.org and add your voice to ours as we work to protect the James! View the summary points on settlement here. Full Settlement AgreementConcept Engineering Report