Friends of the Rappahannock works at the local, state, and federal level to ensure the maximum protections for the Rappahannock River.
This includes a wide range of programs, issues, and campaigns that takes us across the watershed and beyond.
-Review and comment of local ordinances, comprehensive plans, general development plans, permits, and more.
-Active presence at the Virginia General Assembly fighting for continued funding for clean water programs, agricultural and stormwater best management practice funding, living shoreline program development, fishery protection, and a variety of other issues.
-Federal advocacy to maintain a strong Chesapeake Bay Program and associated agency funding at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and more.Federal advocacy to protect the Clean Water Act and other federal regulations that impact the Rappahannock River.
-Membership and participation in regional advocacy partnerships with the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) and Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC).
-Annual leader at Virginia Conservation Lobby Day and Bay Day on the Hill.
Click Here for the full 2018 Environmental Policy Briefing Book published by our partners at the Virginia Conservation Network.
Rappahannock Advocacy Blog
Westmoreland joins Richmond and King George counties and adopts fracking ordinance It was the Christmas present Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) wanted most, and the perfect end to a year of river advocacy centered on the fight to protect our watershed from the...read more
Thursday November 9, 2017 marked a big win for the communities of Virginia's Northern Neck as Richmond County became the first municipality to ban fracking in the Rappahannock River Watershed. After several months of research and deliberations, the Richmond County...read more
Protecting the Water We Drink, the Food We Eat, and the Rivers Where We Play from Polluted Runoff: Our Common Agenda
Virginians rely on the Commonwealth’s waterways in a variety of ways, including clean drinking water, seafood production (Virginia is the largest seafood producer on the East Coast and the third largest in the United States), and recreational tourism (the James River...read more
Protect Communities from the Harmful Impacts of Industrial Gas Development and High-Volume Fracking: Our Common Agenda
Introduction Virginia is facing a new era of industrial gas development. In addition to the possibility of drilling for shale gas in new areas of the state, drillers now seek to use high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) with horizontal drilling, a combination...read more
Provide Sufficient Funding for Cost Effective Agricultural Best Management Practices: Our Common Agenda
Introduction Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry, covering more land area than any other industry in the Commonwealth — approximately 46,000 farms cover 8.2 million acres (32%) of Virginia. Not surprisingly, agriculture is also the largest source of nutrient...read more
Introduction: The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) manages Atlantic Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) along with numerous other coastal migratory species through the Interstate Fisheries Management Program. States are obligated to adopt fisheries...read more
Fracking is causing invasion of harmful non-native plants in Pennsylvania forests, PSU researchers say
This article is courtesy of "Lancaster Online" and was written by Staff Writer Ad Crable. Invasive, non-native plant species are “rapidly invading” northern forests in Pennsylvania because of fracking in the Marcellus shale basin, a group of Penn State researchers...read more
Last May, Senator John Warner (center) joined Congressman Rob Wittman, USFWS Director Dan Ashe, Essex County Countryside Alliance Director Peter Bance, Chesapeake Conservancy's Joel Dunne and Joe McCauley, Rappahannock River Wildlife Manager Andy Hoffman to discuss...read more
Clean Water Rule Under Threat The Federal Government is threatening to repeal the Clean Water Rule and the protections to essential wetlands and small streams. Thank you everyone who submitted comments to help protect clean water. Friends of the Rappahannock will...read more
Direct and Indirect Impacts to the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck Coastal Areas VIEW THE PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS AND THE DIRECT IMPACT HERE. Economic Development Administration ($221 million): This program funds the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS...read more