Landslide at Fones Cliffs

FOR visited Fones Cliffs on May 24 to assess a report on excessive erosion

Fones Cliffs Under Scrutiny

“I am deeply disappointed that Virginia True rushed into an un-permitted land disturbance project causing such environmental damage. During the rezoning process Richmond County was repeatedly assured that every precaution would be used to protect the integrity of the cliffs. Unfortunately Virginia True has not lived up to those assurances” -Richmond County Board of Supervisor Bobby Pemberton

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River Safety Cam Now Live


FOR now has a live feed of the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg.


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.


Landslide at Fones Cliffs caused by inadequate erosion controls

Landslide at Fones Cliffs caused by inadequate erosion controls

On Tuesday, May 22, Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) was alerted by a local waterman of a landslide directly below 13-plus acres of land illegally disturbed by Virginia True, the developer of a project at Fones Cliffs in Richmond County, Va. Within 48 hours, FOR...

Remington river cleanup is a huge success

Remington river cleanup is a huge success

Some days the workplace is at the office, and some days you get to spend outside working the field alongside great people. Another Rappahannock River Cleanup was completed on Friday May 25, 2018 thanks to incredible partners and volunteers. Friends and colleagues from...

Environmental STEM With Design Briefs

Environmental STEM With Design Briefs

The Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) Education Department introduces our environmental STEM lessons to students via Design Briefs, which allow great flexibility in teaching concepts in environmental science and conservation to a wide variety of students. Design...


Our Riverwatch map provides geographic data on the Rappahannock and helps you understand how FOR is helping keep our river healthy.

Impaired Rappahannock River Waterways

Learn more about how your local waterways are doing in pollutant reduction.