• Wild and Scenic Film Festival

    Join us at Dodd Auditorium at the University of Mary Washington on March 25, 2017.

  • Hunters Island Hike

    Exclusive opportunity to explore and learn about the history and nature of Hunters Island.

  • From the Rapp For the Rapp

    Join us for a celebration of Conservation in the headwaters on April 9, 2017

  • Living Shoreline Workshop

    Workshop on the design, permitting, and installation of living shorelines April 19, 2017

  • Wildlife Festival

    Explore the world of wildlife with local experts on March 11, 2017. Sign up here.

Our Mission

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



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

4-0 in the General Assembly

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and partners blocked four bills that would threaten water quality, public health, and safety. On Thursday February 16

Healthy Rivers Start at Home

The Rappahannock River begins its over 180 mile journey at Chester Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains, draining 2,715 square miles of land to the Chesapeake Bay.

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