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Homeowner Tips, Publications and Resources - Getting Involved in the York River & Small Coastal Basins


Native Plants

Native Plants for Southeast Virginia - including Hampton Roads Region

This guide was produced and funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program working with a team of regional partners.

The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program's Regional Native Plant Marketing Campaigns and Regional Guides are beneficial to homeowners in the York River Watershed and beyond.

Rainbarrel registry

Learn how to register your rain barrel

River Network partnered with IMRivers to create the Rain Barrel Registry (, a participatory mapping tool offering a visual inventory of rain barrels used for small-scale rain harvesting.

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EPA's SepticSmart!

Learn more about how to protect property value through proper maintenance of home septic systems and how to launch a homeowner outreach program through EPA's SepticSmart website.


Got osprey near your house? Become an osprey observer! OspreyWatch is a global project that is being managed in our own York River Watershed at the Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary. The observers are linked by an interest in osprey, concern for the health of aquatic environments, and data submitted to a repository through the OspreyWatch website


john smith capture map Captain John Smith Capture map, York River Water Trail
Riparian Handbook Chesapeake Bay Riparian Handbook. A publication for help in retaining existing buffer and what you can do with the vegetation in your riparian area.
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Healthy Waters - A new ecological approach to identifying and protecting healthy waters in Virginia

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Living Shorelines Information

Native Plants Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Rainwater Harvesting Virginia Rainwater Harvesting Manual

Chesapeake Bay Gateways

The National Park Service coordinates the Chesapeake Bay Gateway Program to promote a historic and environmental focus on water access. Designated Chesapeake Bay Gateways in Middle Peninsula include:

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