Our Mission

To be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.



  • New Fracking Regulation

    Virginia Governor approves new fracking protections to help protect our water resources

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    Environmental Education Mini-Grant Closed

  • Need a Buffer?

    Headwater Buffer Initiative provides free plantings along target streams!

  • Riverfest 2016 was great!

    Thank you for making Riverfest 2016 a Good Party for a Great Cause. If you had a good time, mark September 16, 2017 on your calendar now.

Our Vision

A Rappahannock River…that is clean and safe for fish consumption and recreation from its Headwaters to its confluence with the Chesapeake.
A Rappahannock River… that supports a healthy and diverse aquatic ecosystem, with submerged grasses, oysters, crabs and other species returned to their historic levels and productivity.
A Rappahannock River Watershed… where land use and runoff is managed to protect and enhance our riparian habitats, downstream waters, scenic viewsheds and historical resources.
A Rappahannock River Community… where the citizens and local governments are educated about river stewardship, where they take a sense of personal stewardship over the river resource, and where they take action in their own backyards and communities to protect it.

What we do

Rappahannock River Steward Reports Big Win in King George County

A special type of natural gas drilling called Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing and better known as “Fracking, is known to have a myriad of impacts on

Rappahannock - Teacher Guides for using the Film

Activities and Lesson Plans Friends of the Rappahannock Welcome to Just for Educators activity and lesson plans page! The Rappahannock River

Headwater Stream Initiative

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) are pleased to announce a new Headwater Stream Initiative designed to

Get to know the River

Be on the lookout for a living fossil

Report soundings and help scientists track the Rappahannock's link to the Age of Dinosaurs By Taylor McConnell, Biology Intern Kayakers, canoers, tubers

A Partner in the Pollution Diet? Oysters May Be Able to Help Reduce Bay Nitrogen Loads

As readers of “River Views” are most likely aware, the Chesapeake Bay has been put on a diet. Specifically, the “pollution diet” aims to restore water quality

Falcons Resurge Along the Rappahannock

By Kayleen Higgins Majors in Biology, Psychology, and Neuroscience Class of 2015 University of Mary Washington On the brink of extinction in the 1960s,

Riverwatch sponsored by Birchwood Power