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Watershed Restoration Groups

Watershed Restoration Groups

Get involved and get the health of our waterways back on track!

  • Here in Hampton Roads, there are a number of non-profit watershed restoration groups working with citizens and businesses to reduce their impact on our local waterways. From rain gardens to “waterway friendly” lawn care tips, encourages you to learn more about their efforts and residential programs by browsing through the listings below. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to take action at your home or business.
  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation & Preserve

    Call: 757-686-8684

    Visit: 4510 Twin Pines Rd., Portsmouth, VA 23703

    Geographic Area: Hoffler Creek is the only waterway in Portsmouth that connects to the James River. The Hoffler Creek watershed is shared by both Portsmouth and Suffolk.

    About/Mission: The mission of the Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation is to conserve the last parcel of wilderness in the Hoffler Creek watershed for environmental education research and recreation consistent with good stewardship.

    Get involved: Join us in our mission to conserve the last parcel of wilderness in the Hoffler Creek watershed for environmental education, research, and recreation.

    Get Social: “Like” us on Facebook

    Also Good to Know: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm. Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve is managed for wildlife, therefore, dogs are not allowed on the property. High impact activities such as jogging and bicycling are also not permitted.

  • Elizabeth River Project

    Call: 757-399-7487

    Visit: 475 Water St, Portsmouth, VA 23704

    Geographic Area: Elizabeth River Watershed.

    About/Mission: The Elizabeth River Project is the only non-profit with the mission to restore the health of the Elizabeth River, one of the most polluted rivers in America. We do it through partnerships with government, businesses - and citizens like you! Our biggest projects involve cleaning up contaminated river bottoms, but projects as small as the household level also make a difference. Join us - as a member; as a "star" in our River Stars programs. Visit or call (757) 399-7487.

    Get Involved:
    River Star Homes
    River Star Businesses
    River Star Schools

    Get Social: “Like” us on Facebook

    Also Good to Know: Visit Paradise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    Call: 757-622-1964

    Visit: 142 W. York Street, Suite 618, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Geographic Area: Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Hampton Roads office is active throughout southeast Virginia including Southside, Peninsula, Middle Peninsula and the Eastern Shore. CBF in general is active throughout the 64,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay watershed, from Pennsylvania to Virginia.

    About/Mission: CBF is the only not-for-profit conservation organization existing solely to restore the Chesapeake Bay, North America’s largest estuary, a National Treasure. CBF accomplishes its mission through legislative advocacy at the federal, state and local levels; through habitat restoration, environmental education, and public communications.

    Get Involved: Volunteers can help CBF with a variety of projects including oyster restoration, living shorelines, underwater grasses, speakers bureau, Clean the Bay Day and Bay advocacy work.

    Also Good to Know: For general inquiries about our local programs and volunteer opportunities, send an e-mail to

  • James River Association

    Call: (804) 788-8811

    Visit: 4833 Old Main Street, Richmond, VA 23231

    Geographic Area: The entire James River watershed from the headwaters of the Cowpasture and Jackson Rivers to the Chesapeake Bay.

    About/Mission: The mission of the James River Association is to be guardian of the James River. We provide a voice for the river and take action to promote conservation and responsible stewardship of its natural resources. We achieve these goals through four core programs: Watershed Restoration; Education and Outreach; River Advocacy; and our Riverkeeper program.

    Get Involved: JRA has many ways that you can be involved. For information about our volunteer opportunities and on-going programs, visit our volunteer center.

    River Hero Homes

    Get Social: “Like” us on Facebook

    Also Good to Know: The James River Watershed encompasses approximately 10,000 square miles, which makes up almost 25% of the state. It is home to one-third of all Virginians who live in its 39 counties and 19 cities and towns, and touches the lives of more Virginians than any other feature on the landscape.

  • Back Bay Restoration Foundation

    Call: 757-619-6429

    Visit: 3022 New Bridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA, 23456

  • Lynnhaven River NOW

    Call: 757-962-5398

    Visit: 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

    Geographic Area: Lynnhaven River Watershed - 64 square mile watershed located in northern Virginia Beach.

    About/Mission: Our Goal is a Clean and Healthy Lynnhaven River. The Lynnhaven River includes the Eastern Branch, Western Branch, Long Creek, Broad Bay, Crystal Lake, Linkhorn Bay and all of the tributaries, which are all located within the city of Virginia Beach. Lynnhaven River NOW is a grassroots environmental organization dedicated to restoring and protecting all of the branches of the Lynnhaven River.

    Our three primary objectives are to:
    (1) to identify and reduce sources of contamination in the river; reduce nutrients, sediments and chemicals running off of our lawns, parking lots, roadways and out of our septic systems;
    (2) to educate and engage the community and partner organizations in restoring and protecting the Lynnhaven River; and
    (3) to restore lost habitats such as oyster reefs, salt marshes, and other buffers that help to filter polluted runoff and protect the river and it’s marine life.

    Get involved: Contact to learn about our monthly river cleanups, storm-drain marking, our annual Fall Festival and Oyster Roast, how to join one of our committees, and other events and volunteer activities. And if you live in Virginia Beach, become a Pearl Home

    Also Good to Know: Check out LRNOW’s events calendar

  • Nansemond River Preservation Alliance

    Mailing address: PO Box 6090, Suffolk, VA 23433

    Geographic area: Nansemond River Watershed (City of Suffolk and portion of Isle of Wight County.)

    Mission: Educate and encourage all residents to be environmental stewards to preserve and restore the Nansemond River, Chuckatuck Creek, Bennetts Creek and their tributaries to full health. NRPA's approach is to form collaborative relationships with community and civic organizations and local, regional state and federal agencies.

    Get Involved: NRPA is a member-driven organization and offers a broad range of environmental programs and activities for volunteers to participate. Programs include: monthly water quality monitoring, School Oyster Growers Program, rain garden workshops, living shoreline program, and Annual River and Creek Fest.

  • Friends of Indian River

    Mailing Address: PO Box 13772, Chesapeake, VA 23325


    Geographic Area: With 25,000 residents, the Indian River neighborhoods encompass five square miles in the northeast corner of Chesapeake, Virginia. The Indian River is a tidal tributary in the Elizabeth River Watershed

    About/Mission: The primary goal of the Friends of Indian River is to improve the quality of life for all the residents of the Indian River neighborhoods in Chesapeake, Virginia. These efforts include outreach to the community to promote attractive streetscapes; encourage sustainable gardening and landscaping methods; promote and preserve a healthy and clean river, shorelines, parks, and green spaces connected to the surrounding community; energize local business development; and support broader civic activities to improve the community.

    Get Involved: Whether you are looking for volunteer opportunities, an avid gardener, a social web enthusiast, someone who can help with special skills or trades, a resident who just wants to help out, or anything in between - you can help make things better in the Indian River neighborhoods and we would love to have your help in our organization. Visit our volunteer page for more information.

    Get Social: “Like” us on Facebook

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