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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Upcoming Events

Feb. 28- RiverRats Training
March 21- Invasive Plant Removal
March 28- RiverRats Training

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James River Leadership Academy

The James River Leadership Academy (JRLA) is a year-long leadership program for 10th and 11th grade high school students who are passionate and committed to protecting the future of our natural resources in Virginia and the James River. Learn More >>

Train Derailment in Lynchburg Our River at Risk  

Seeing the James River on fire was a wake up call for Virginia and the nation.  While the James River has resiliently rebounded from through conservation efforts, recent events remind us that there are still significant risks that threaten the health of the river and the drinking supply for many. Help ensure that a future disaster does not happen on the James.

 Visit RiverAtRisk.org to take action to protect your river.

The Tomato FundJames River Expeditions

This amazing journey all begins June 27th, 2015 at the headwaters of the James with 10 students and one teacher, along with JRA staff. The Expeditions will continue with two more 8-day trips, all concluding on August 1st in the Chesapeake Bay. When all said and done, 3 Expedition teams made up of 10 students and one teacher will have collectively paddled the 340 miles of America's Founding River. Applications are now being accepted from rising 10th and 11th graders. Learn more >>

The Tomato FundWater Quality Monitoring

 JRA needs your help as a citizen scientist, collecting water samples and recording data to track the environmental health of the River. Learn how you can help. >>

Invasive Plant Removal, Richmond

March 21, 2015 12:00-3:00pm- Join JRA to remove invasive plants such as Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) from a buffer along the James River at the Belmead property in Powhatan County. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. All supplies and water will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Click hereto register. If you have any questions, please contact Amber Ellis at volunteer@jrava.org or 804-788-8811 ext. 205.