About the Consortium


Consortium Vision

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Our Vision:

Growing partnerships to create healthy streamside ecosystems for clean water in the James River today and tomorrow.

We do this through a holistic approach to riparian restoration that involves five areas of focus:

  • Riparian forest buffers
  • Agricultural infrastructure
  • Streambank stabilization
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Protection

Consortium Goals and Action Teams

The Consortium has four Action Teams that support the Vision through associated Goals.

Outreach & Targeting Team

  1. Goal: Build awareness of the importance of riparian areas and deliver outreach based on identified partner priorities, landowner interests, and restoration opportunity areas to increase strategic riparian investments.
  2. Team Leads: Center for Watershed Protection, Conservation Partners LLC

Research Team

  1. Goal: Ensure practitioners are using the best method for the best site for riparian restoration.
  2. Team Leads: JRA, Stroud Water Research Center

Knowledge Network Team

  1. Goal: Build knowledge and capacity about best practices, innovation, and by growing partnerships.
  2. Team Leads: Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Implementation Team

  1. Goal: Coordinate implementation and outreach based on targeting, funding availability, and potential for impact.
  2. Team Leads: JRA, Trout Unlimited

Interested in joining a team? Get in Touch below.

Consortium Partners

The James River TMDL established a goal to restore almost 70,000 acres of riparian buffers, but only 11% of this goal has been achieved. To meet this goal, there is a great need for organizations to collaborate and leverage resources.

As the sole organization focused on the James River, the James River Association is in a unique position to coordinate this effort.


Dialogue + Design Associates is a community engagement and design firm based in Charlottesville that serves as the Consortium facilitator.

See the list of partner organizations below.


This material is based on work supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Assistance Agreement No. CB96358201) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, which promotes community-based efforts to develop conservation strategies to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay.