A year long project …

The James River Association (JRA) is excited to bring you Stories by the James, a community collaboration that harnesses the magic of stories through the lens of diverse storytellers within our James River watershed.

Our hope is that this sneak peek into how the James shows up in our collective lives will provide awareness, discovery, understanding, and the sense that while our stories may be different, the river running through these stories is a common thread that unites us all. It is our river to share. It is also our river to protect.

We’ll begin by rolling out 50 stories starting on Earth Day 2022 and leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act in October 2022, as a tribute to this groundbreaking measure not only giving us a healthier James, but also giving us a cleaner river to safely enjoy, so we have river stories to share.

Thanks to Stephanie and Susan at webbones for partnering with us on the creation of this website.

I mean, it’s everything. Can you imagine what the city would be without the river? It would be completely different. It’s ground zero for connection.

Andrew Alli

Trail Manager for the James River Park System