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

Our River is at risk

Become an advocate for the James and join the voices of other Virginians to protect one our most valued natural resources. 

To learn more, visit RiverAtRisk.org.

News & Notes

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Discover opportunities to help the James.

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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 Agreement Concept Engineering Report

James River Expeditions

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime, all while learning about the environmental and social benefits the James River provides to the state of Virginia. This year's Expedition will include thirty students from all parts of the watershed. This amazing journey all begins Sunday, July 10th 2016 at the headwaters of the James with 10 students and a team of experienced JRA staff and educators. Applications due May 7th.

Westover Lawn PartyWestover Lawn Party - June 4, 2016

The Annual Westover Lawn Party is a signature event held each summer at Westover Plantation in Charles City, VA. This event, JRA’s largest fundraiser, centers on family and educational activities, live entertainment, great food and both a silent and live auction. Sponsorship is available at all levels with proceeds from the event going to support the James River Association. Find out more.

Water Quality Monitoring

RA needs your help as a citizen scientist, collecting water samples and recording data from May to September, to track the environmental health of the River on the James RiverWatch. No monitoring or science background is required. Learn more and register for training session.

2015 State of the James2015 State of the James

Find out how the James is doing and what improvements have been made in the past two years.