Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is pleased to announce the recent award of two new grants to support our restoration program which works to protect and restore the Rappahannock River and its tributaries throughout the 18 county region which makes up the larger Rappahannock watershed.

The Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE)¬†awarded FOR $15,000 to support our work in the six county headwater region of the Rappahannock River watershed. This funding will support stream restoration and trout habitat enhancement in Madison County and our regional “Headwater Stream Initiative” which provides resources to property owners throughout the headwaters region.

“As VEE celebrates its 40th anniversary, we are again honored to support partners whose work will make a difference in the quality of life, community health and natural resource protection across Virginia,” said Joseph H. Maroon, VEE executive director. “A recent Christopher Newport University poll of Virginia voters found that a strong majority say that environmental issues are very important to them personally, and they want to see progress continues. Many of these grant projects will produce both local and statewide benefits for clean water and conservation of open spaces and natural resources.”

Stream Restoration in Kilmarnock, Virginia

The Headwater Stream Initiative is a partnership program with the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and is designed to provide FREE technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs in riparian zones on qualifying properties in the headwater counties of the Rappahannock River Watershed including: Rappahannock, Fauquier, Culpeper, Madison, Greene, and Orange Counties. For more information on this program click here.

The second funding spotlight is a recent $15,000 award from the Dominion Foundation to support stream restoration, riparian buffer planting, and our student stream team program in the tidal Rappahannock River region. There are currently three stream restoration projects under construction in Lancaster County and this grant award will provide additional resources for plant material, opportunities for the community to get involved with the project, and to include local students in outdoor education experiences and a riparian buffer planting project.  This project is the product of many years of assessment, design, coalition building, and grant writing and would not be possible without all the amazing partners involved. Stay tuned for more information as this project progresses!