James River Association

The Next 50 Years of Clean Water in Virginia

Help us ensure strong state funding for Virginia's rivers and streams

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Tell Governor Youngkin that clean water matters to you!

October 18th marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the bedrock law protecting and restoring our rivers and streams. The Clean Water Act has been transformational for the health of our waterways, especially the James River 50 years ago, the James River was one of the most polluted rivers in the nation, suffering from untreated sewage and unchecked chemical dumping. The water was too toxic for local wildlife and could even eat the paint off boats. But five decades of hard work and investment later, it’s not uncommon to see folks throughout our watershed fishing, swimming, and enjoying the James. Together, we have changed the James for the better. But new challenges are on the horizon, and we have much more work to do to reach a grade-A, healthy James River for all. We need the resources to get the job done. Help us get started on the next 50 years of clean water by asking Governor Youngkin to invest in programs that change our rivers and streams for the better.


    Dear Office Holder (names will be automatically added on each email),